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More expressly politics than their German counterparts Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Section followed exactly the same tack: An innovative usage of the ethos where diverse items (including huge amounts of scrap steel and power equipment) may be used simply because instruments. Shaped in London’s New Combination in 1982 by Alistair Adams, Graham Cunningham, Tony Cudlip, Gus Ferguson and Paul Jamrozy, the quintet became renowned for the staging of large multimedia occasions at obscure locations — a railway functions in Glasgow, a fine sand quarry, Cannon Road Place in London, a Welsh car manufacturer — and their politics agenda, which includes included actions against apartheid, the rise of neo-Nazism and Britain’s Lawbreaker Justice Work. The quintet agreed upon for some Bizarre Information for 1984’s Defeating the Retreat, and discussed their socialist plan established to music on the next year’s Make to Shoulder, documented with “the South Wales Dazzling Miners’ Choir.” After developing their very own Ministry of Power label to arrange multimedia occasions, Test Section released two information — The Undesirable Face of Independence and AN EXCELLENT PARTICULAR DATE — within a MOP/Some Bizarre conjunction, but struck from their very own with 1988’s Terra Firma. Check Dept.’s sixth record, The Gododdin, was accompanied by their most scathing criticism of Uk politics, Pax Britannica, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Choir. After launching albums for Jungle Information and Dossier, the group obtained a contract using the American commercial label Cleopatra in 1994 and released the fruits of the early-’90s focus on Legacy (1990-1993). Agreed upon to Cleopatra’s subsidiary Unseen, Test Dept. released the brand new albums Totality (1995) and Strategies for Trend (1998), in addition to reissuing several prior works.

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Full Name Test Dept
Music Songs Total State Machine, Fuckhead, Compulsion, Kick to Kill, Comrade Enver Hoxha, Spring Into Action, Bang On It, Shockwork, 51st State of America, Pax Americana, The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Face 3, Enigma Of Doctor Dee, Terra Firma, Tabla Razor, Vena Cava, Al'Rabih, Vastness, A Good Night Out, The Crusher, Fuel to Fight, Pipe and Didgeridoo, Natura Victus, 2 Ghettos, Corridor of Cells, Miotica, Gripper, Critical Frame of Mind, Movement I, Pledge, Sweet Sedation, Cold Witness, Chillo, Comrades in Arms
Albums The Unacceptable Face of Freedom, Beating the Retreat, Shoulder to Shoulder, Gododdin, Proven in Action, Tactics for Evolution, Pax Britannica, Ecstacy Under Duress, Atonal & Hamburg 'Live', A Good Night Out, Materia Prima, Totality, Terra Firma, Toatlity, Legacy (1990-1993), Totality 1 & 2, Totality 1, Totality 2: Genius Mixes


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