Trade Test Transmissions

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Trade Test Transmissions
Studio album by Buzzcocks
Released 2 June 1993 (1993-06-02)
Recorded Eastcote Studios, Kensal Road, London
Genre Pop punk[1][2]
Label Castle (UK), Caroline (USA)
Producer Ralph Ruppert
Buzzcocks chronology
Operator's Manual: Buzzcocks Best
Trade Test Transmissions
All Set

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[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pete Shelley, except as 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"



  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. 

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