Trade Test Transmissions

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Trade Test Transmissions
Studio album by Buzzcocks
Released 2 June 1993 (1993-06-02)
Recorded 1993
Genre New wave
Label Castle (UK)
Caroline (USA)
Producer Ralph Ruppert
Buzzcocks chronology
A Different Kind of Tension
Trade Test Transmissions
All Set
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]

Trade Test Transmissions is the Buzzcocks' fourth album, released in 1993.

The album was the band's first studio album in fourteen years, since 1979's A Different Kind of Tension. The first track is a hidden track in the sense it is unlisted in the artwork. It is 6 seconds long of electronic beeping noises, believed to be the "trade test transmission" sound.

The album was promoted as a "virtual compilation" in reference to the band's slight shift in sound. The Buzzcocks orange square used on the cover was also used for Product.

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. (Unlisted track)
  2. "Do It"
  3. "Innocent"
  4. "TTT"
  5. "Isolation" (Steve Diggle)
  6. "Smile"
  7. "Last to Know"
  8. "When Love Turns Around" (Steve Diggle)
  9. "Never Gonna Give It Up"
  10. "Energy" (Steve Diggle)
  11. "Palm of Your Hand"
  12. "Alive Tonight" (Steve Diggle)
  13. "Who'll Help Me to Forget?"
  14. "Unthinkable" (Steve Diggle)
  15. "Crystal Night"
  16. "369"