Trade Test Transmissions

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Trade Test Transmissions
Studio album by
Released2 June 1993 (1993-06-02)
RecordedEastcote Studios, Kensal Road, London
GenrePop punk[1][2]
LabelCastle (UK), Caroline (USA)
ProducerRalph 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
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[2]

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."Do It" 3:23
2."Innocent" 3:34
3."TTT" 3:18
4."Isolation"Steve Diggle3:58
5."Smile" 2:47
6."Last To Know" 2:52
7."When Love Turns Around"Steve Diggle2:25
8."Never Gonna Give It Up" 2:47
9."Energy"Steve Diggle3:35
10."Palm Of Your Hand" 3:22
11."Alive Tonight"Steve Diggle3:48
12."Who'll Help Me To Forget?" 2:57
13."Unthinkable"Steve Diggle2:52
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.

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