Chumbawamba, The Bee Gees To Trade Covers

Chumbawamba, a.k.a. the original "Tubthumpers," have just hit stores with a new album titled "WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)."

The album features 22 new tracks including the first single, "She's Got All The Friends," and a rather interesting cover, as the group chose to rework the Bee Gees' 1967 song "New York Mining Disaster 1941," recorded long before the brothers Gibb donned white suits and went disco.

According to Chumbawamba guitarist Boff, he and the rest of the group really appreciate that particular song, since most people forget what the Bee Gees did in their pre-disco days.

"To me it's just like an English folk song with some political lyrics, and it's a beautiful tune and everything," Boff told the MTV Radio Network. "We thought we should do a cover of that, because it's a great song and it's really beautiful, but we really liked the idea that it

was by the Bee Gees, and it's sort of the last thing people would expect us to do."

Boff admitted that he also likes the response the song evokes from fans and peers.

"I like people asking us, saying, 'Why the Bee Gees?'" he said. "I think that's great, because it would be so easy to do covers of bands that we loved and respected and all that." [RealAudio]

The Bee Gees-Chumbawamba connection won't stop with just one song, either.

"You know, because we've done [this cover song]," Boff said, "the Bee Gees have promised they're gonna cover some Chumbawamba songs on they're next album."

Although an appropriate song has not yet been chosen, Boff says the Bee Gees plan to cover one of the songs from "WYSIWYG."

Chumbawamba recently completed some shows in Japan, and the group plans to play European festivals through the summer. No word on any U.S. dates yet, but we'll keep you

posted.