Now, as Buzzcocks peers Gang of Four get the platinum knock-off treatment from Franz Ferdinand, it's as auspicious a moment as any for the remastered, rereleased Trade Test Transmissions to find its audience. Nearly as smart, catchy, and consistent as the early best-of Singles Going Steady, the album bears all the marks that made the razor-sharp band the giddiest anomaly of punk's first wave. Lead singer Pete Shelley's wry wire of a voice is the perfect instrument for his love-struck wit on should-be classics "Innocence" and "All Over You," while guitarist Steve Diggle's less distinctive but earnest mod-rock tunes refresh when things get too prickly-sweet. Shameless trendies take note: The Buzzcocks were no strangers to that now-fashionable drone of Gang of Four and Wire -- but rather than inert modern art, their sticky little hands squeezed it into transcendent pop diamonds.
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