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Start: The Best of British Rock

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Start: Best of British Rock is a wildly diverse collection of '70s and '80s British groups, spanning punks like the Stranglers and Buzzcocks, new romantics like ABC and Spandau Ballet, and ska revivalists like Madness and the Specials. The album features many classic singles, including Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives," Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen," the Jam's "Town Called Malice," Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax," and Echo & the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon." Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, and the Police also figure prominently on Start: Best of British Rock, which is as eclectic as a fan's mix tape, and just as enjoyable.

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