Test Dept.

Profile:
The group was formed in New Cross, south-east London in late 1981. All unemployed, and with listening tastes ranging from soul to classical music, they searched out whatever they could find to make music with, and for the most part this consisted of scrap metal salvaged from waste ground and derelict factories. The reason had as much to do with lack of money as it had to do with a dislike for conventional rock instruments. Originally, they used bass guitars and other conventional instruments, but these were fairly rapidly dropped as they obtained more industrial percussion, and found that these created a stronger and more consistent sound.
They also, probably later on, gained the rights for some of their music and can been seen listed as copyright holders on some re-issues. Some examples can be seen on the Test Dept. page.
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Albums

TEST ONE History (The Strength Of Metal In Motion) — Test Dept. Test Dept. History (The Strength Of Metal In Motion)(Cass, Ltd) Not On Label (Test Dept. Self-released) TEST ONE UK 1982 Sell This Version
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TEST ONE Strength Of Metal In Motion — Test Dept. Test Dept. Strength Of Metal In Motion(Cass) Not On Label (Test Dept. Self-released) TEST ONE UK 1983 Sell This Version
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PS005/2 Ecstacy Under Duress — Test Dept. Test Dept. Ecstacy Under Duress (Album) Pleasantly Surprised PS005/2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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TEST 2-3 Beating The Retreat — Test Dept. Test Dept. Beating The Retreat (Album) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare TEST 2-3 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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AT 1 Live At The Ritz - New York July 1984 — Test Dept. Test Department* Live At The Ritz - New York July 1984(Cass, Album, C60) Audiofile Tapes AT 1 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MOP I Shoulder To Shoulder — Test Dept. South Wales Striking Miners Choir / Test Dept. South Wales Striking Miners Choir / Test Dept. - Shoulder To Shoulder (Album) Ministry Of Power MOP I UK 1985 Sell This Version
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SF 23, MOP 2 The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom — Test Dept. Test Dept. The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom (Album) Ministry Of Power SF 23, MOP 2 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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V207 European Network 1-9-8-5 — Test Dept. Test Dept. European Network 1-9-8-5(Cass, C53 + Box) V2 Uitgave V207 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
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MOP 3 A Good Night Out — Test Dept. Test Dept. A Good Night Out (Album) Ministry Of Power MOP 3 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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NP.006 Europe — Test Dept. Test Dept* Europe(Cass, C90) Les Nouvelles Propagandes NP.006 France 1987 Sell This Version
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BIUS 1010 Terra Firma — Test Dept. Test Dept. Terra Firma (Album) Sub Rosa BIUS 1010 US 1988 Sell This Version
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MOP4 Gododdin — Test Dept. Test Dept. / Brith Gof Test Dept. / Brith Gof - Gododdin (Album) Ministry Of Power MOP4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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DEPT CD1 Materia Prima — Test Dept. Test Dept* Materia Prima (Album) Ministry Of Power DEPT CD1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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MOP 6 Pax Britannica — Test Dept. Test Dept. Pax Britannica (Album) Ministry Of Power, Jungle Records MOP 6 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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DEPT 2 Proven In Action — Test Dept. Test Dept. Proven In Action (Album) Ministry Of Power DEPT 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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DCD 9038 Atonal & Hamburg Test Dept. Atonal & Hamburg "Live" (Album) Dossier DCD 9038 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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KK 140 2xLP Totality — Test Dept. Test Dept* Totality (Album) KK Records KK 140 2xLP Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
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INV114 Tactics For Evolution — Test Dept. Test Dept* Tactics For Evolution (Album) KK Records, KK Records INV114 US 1998 Sell This Version
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none Disturbance Disordered — Test Dept. Test Dept. Disturbance Disordered (Album) One Little Indian none UK 2019
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none Disturbance — Test Dept. Test Dept. Disturbance (Album) One Little Indian none UK 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

TEST 112 Compulsion — Test Dept. Test Dept. Compulsion (Single) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare TEST 112 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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none Peel Session 1983 — Test Dept. Test Dept. Peel Session 1983(Cass) Ministry Of Power none UK 1983 Sell This Version
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MOP12.1 The Faces Of Freedom 1 2 & 3 — Test Dept. Test Dept*, T.D.A. (3) Test Dept*, T.D.A. (3) - The Faces Of Freedom 1 2 & 3(12", Single) Ministry Of Power MOP12.1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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12 MOP 13 Victory — Test Dept. Test Dept. Victory (Single) Ministry Of Power 12 MOP 13 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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SUB 12005-13 Natura Victus — Test Dept. Test Dept. Natura Victus Sub Rosa SUB 12005-13 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version

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stymulant

stymulant

November 17, 2010
Surprisingly they were one of the very first bands behind the Iron Curtain. Surprisingly for the Polish custom services their only instruments were metal cans. And they played with fire leaving the unforgettable memoirs told by the watchers, and cult status.
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