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The group have started work on their new album, and there's also news of a cover version and video...

Fun Lovin' Criminals have begun recording their new album, have recorded a cover of ERIC B & RAKIM's 'MICROPHONE FIEND' and have also announced details of a new video release for the summer.

A statement posted on the Fun Lovin' Criminals website, www.funlovincriminals.com, claims that the band have written 18 songs for their third studio album, 13 to 15 of which will end up on their new record, scheduled for release in early 2001.

The Criminals have also written a brand new track called 'Everything Under The Stars' which will feature on the soundtrack of the new animated film 'Titan A.E.'. The band have also covered Eric B & Rakim's 'Microphone Fiend' for a compilation, 'Bite Out Of Rhyme', which is released on October 3 in the US through Universal. No UK release date has been scheduled for either of the tracks.

'Microphone Fiend' originally appeared on the 1988 Eric B & Rakim album 'Follow The Leader'.

FLC have also confirmed details of a new video and DVD release for July. The video, called 'Maui Homicide 2000, will be available via the band's website and will feature eight music videos and a short film, also titled 'Maui Homicide 2000', which was filmed in Maui, Hawaii at the end of last year.

Finally, as previously reported on nme.com, the Fun Lovin' Criminals are to produce four tracks on an album for the imprisoned gangster Reggie Kray. Kray has been in prison for 31 years for murder, and has apparently been writing lyrics for the last three years. Also slated to appear on the record are Joe Strummer, Ian McCulloch and Tricky.

A spokesperson for the band told nme.com that the project was "still in its early stages". She added: "The band are concentrating on getting their own album recorded, and their schedule is very busy at the moment."

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