Noise Pollution is Good for You
1980, Delta 5, New Wave, Post-Punk

38. Something for the Weekend: Delta 5 “Anticipation”

Delta 5 "Anticipation" (1980)

A key component of the late-70’s new wave / post-punk era were Leeds five-piece, Delta 5.

The band, which featured two basses opposing a sole guitar, only existed for two short years, yet rather than claiming any commercial success, Delta 5 are often on the receiving end of a vast array of influential nods. Basically they’re a band to mention if you are bland enough to try and impress someone with that shit.

Following the positive critical reception of their 7-inch début single, “Mind Your Own Business” in 1979, Delta 5 opened the 1980’s with a double A-Side release, entitled “Anticipation / You”. The single was released on a rather limited run by Rough Trade, although unlike “Mind Your Own Business”, “Anticipation” did make it onto Delta 5’s only album, See the Whirl in 1981.

As very public members of the Rock Against Racism movement of the time, the band found themselves subjected to a brutal assault during a protest from right-wing parties and thugs.
Around this time, the band took on their only US tour, announcing their split from Rough Trade upon their return. Eventually, Delta 5 moved instead to PRE Records – a subsidiary of Charisma Recordings. PRE Records would soon house the release of See the Whirl; however the album’s clean production robbed the band’s sound of much of its potential rawness, rendering it aurally castrated. Both Delta 5 and PRE Records dissolved soon afterwards.

The video is a mimed studio cut from a show aired in the former half of 1980; however it is not Top of the Pops, despite what the original description says.


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