Trade Test Transmissions

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Trade Test Transmissions
Studio album by
Released 2 June 1993 (1993-06-02)
Recorded Eastcote Studios, Kensal Road, London
Genre Pop punk[1][2]
Length 47:58
Label Castle (UK), Caroline (USA)
Producer Ralph Ruppert
Buzzcocks chronology
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Trade Test Transmissions is the fourth studio album by English pop punk band Buzzcocks. It was released on 2 June 1993 by record label Castle and was their first release in fourteen years, following up 1979's A Different Kind of Tension.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[1]
Entertainment Weekly A–[2]
Pitchfork 6.9/10[4]

Trade Test Transmissions has been generally well received by critics.

Jason Crock of Pitchfork was generally favourable, though writing "the album remains a strictly diehards-only affair."[4] CMJ later qualified it as "a superb record which oddly got lost in the shuffle".[5]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Pete Shelley, except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Do It"   3:23
2. "Innocent"   3:34
3. "TTT"   3:18
4. "Isolation" Steve Diggle 3:58
5. "Smile"   2:47
6. "Last To Know"   2:52
7. "When Love Turns Around" Steve Diggle 2:25
8. "Never Gonna Give It Up"   2:47
9. "Energy" Steve Diggle 3:35
10. "Palm Of Your Hand"   3:22
11. "Alive Tonight" Steve Diggle 3:48
12. "Who'll Help Me To Forget?"   2:57
13. "Unthinkable" Steve Diggle 2:52
14. "Crystal Night"   3:18
15. "369"   3:02


  • Ralph Ruppert – production
  • Ingo Vauk, Philip Bagenal - engineers
  • Malcolm Garrett - album design
  • Pete Towndrow - photography


  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Buzzcocks". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Brod, Doug (19 November 1993). "[Trade Test Transmissions review]". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Trade Test Transmissions – Buzzcocks | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Crock, Jason (17 April 2005). "Buzzcocks: Trade Test Transmissions | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ Stegall, Tim (March 1996). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly: 34. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

External links

  • Trade Test Transmissions at Discogs (list of releases)
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