In 1998 the song again reached the top of the UK singles chart, this time in the form of a cover version by Steps. In 1979, NBC aired The Bee Gees Special which showed how the sound effect for the explosion was created. Barry cupped his hands over a microphone and made an exploding sound. Several of these sounds were then mixed together creating one large boom heard on the record. The song is also playable on Rock Band 3.
In 1998, Steps covered "Tragedy", releasing it as a double A-side with "Heartbeat". It debuted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, before climbing to the top spot in its eighth week, and achieving platinum status. A dance step of putting both hands parallel to the sides of the head became the trademark move of the British group. "Tragedy" has sold more copies than all three previous Steps singles combined. It spent eighteen weeks in the Top 20, and 30 weeks on the chart in total.