* AmericansHateTingle: Once disco fell out of fashion, they became personas non gratis in the United States, even though they weren't recording disco songs anymore. For instance, their 1987 single "You Win Again" was a number one hit in ten different countries; its US peak was 75.
* AngstDissonance: Their songwriting in the early 1970s skewed heavily toward depressing, melancholy ballads. The record buying public, both in the UK and the US, became quickly tired of it and stopped buying their albums. It wasn't until they re-emerged as a dance-pop band that they became successful again.
* CoveredUp: "Rest Your Love on Me", written by Barry Gibb, was an obscure B-side for the Bee Gees. Conway Twitty covered it and took it to #1 on the country charts.
** "More Than a Woman" is an odd case. The Bee Gees originated it for ''Saturday Night Fever'' but their rendition and a CoverVersion by Tavares were both included on the soundtrack. Tavares released it as a single and it became a hit, but that take has long been forgotten and the Bee Gees version is the one you still hear.
* DeaderThanDisco: even after [[WereStillRelevantDammit shifting their sound to be contemporary]] in the 80's, the U.S. still associated them with the Disco Craze, causing their 80's releases to be flops.
* EarWorm: Notably ''Stayin' Alive'', ''You Should Be Dancing'' and ''Jive Talkin'''.
** Away from their disco period, try "Lonely Days", "I Started a Joke", and "Massachusetts" on for size if you want good earworm material. The chorus to their last single "Alone" is also a good earworm.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Maurice has a large fanbase despite singing far and away the fewest lead vocals of the three brothers.
* JustHereForGodzilla: A number of fans try to justify their love of the group by claiming that they only like the pre-disco stuff.
* MisattributedSong: Samantha Sang's "Emotion" is often attributed to the Gibbs. They did write it and sing the chorus, though, so it's understandable.
** Andy Gibb's songs also tend to be attributed to the Bee Gees. But like the Samantha Sang example, Barry usually had a hand in the production of them, so it's an understandable mistake. And Andy is the Bee Gees' brother, so it's not surprising he'd sound like them anyway. And then there are the people who don't make a distinction between Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees in the first place.
* MemeticMutation: AH AH AH AH Stayin' ALIIIIVE!
** Which turns out to be very useful for CPR training as well.
* NeverLiveItDown: Americans will never think of them as anything else than a disco phenomenon, no matter how what else they do and have done.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The ''SaturdayNightFever'' period was actually the Bee Gees' ''second'' wave of popularity. The first was actually as a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlesque]] rock group in the late 60s, which completely lacked both disco and the falsetto that would become their trademark. Listen to songs like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc5oqjFsT5g Massachusetts]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykU8iSKkJR0&feature=related To Love Somebody]]"; if all you know are the disco songs, you'll be surprised it's the same band.
* SignatureSong: "Stayin' Alive" will always be the song most associated with the band. However, they have [[CreatorBacklash mixed feelings]] about it despite its popularity, as it resulted in their disco TypeCasting. Final verdict: if someone wants it, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stayin%27_Alive#Beginnings it can't be used for anything related to disco.]]'' Over the years, directors have decided that this is the ''perfect'' song for {{Power Walk}}s.
** In addition, it turned out that the beat of Stayin' Alive is [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27221281/ns/health-heart_health/t/keeping-beat-cpr-hum-stayin-alive/ the best rhythm]] for applying compressions for [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPR]] (being 103 beats per minute).
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