Scott Songs: June 2018 

Photo by Christina Wenger

Song: Wendell Gee (R.E.M. cover) 

If you know my music then you can no doubt hear the influence of early R.E.M. in my melodies, chord structure, rhythms, etc. The band still brings me so much joy. I saw them on the Green tour in Pullman, WA. It was the first concert I ever drove myself to and I may have even gone all alone. I bought a shirt so ridiculously large that it went to my knees. I'm sure I wore it the next day.

This is such an obscure R.E.M. song that it took hearing a friend cover it for me to really listen to it. But, once I did listen to it, I felt like it was a song that I could have written had R.E.M. not discovered it first. The only problem is that I don't know who Wendell Gee is. Do you?

Technical Specs     

Machine: Tascam 388 

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75)    

Effects: Roland RE-20 (space echo reissue)

Microphone: Cascade V57   

Rhythm Guitar: 1963 Gibson B-25 

Lead Guitar: 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard  

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy)      

Keys: Korg SV-1  

Mixed at home by myself and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening! 

5 comments

  • Jose Blanco
    Jose Blanco Oklahoma City
    Scott, I love this track. I think Wendell Gee was a Mike Mills song. He wrote a lot of my favorite REM songs, like don't go back to Rockville, Texarkana and Nightswimming. I've always loved his harmonies.

    Scott, I love this track. I think Wendell Gee was a Mike Mills song. He wrote a lot of my favorite REM songs, like don't go back to Rockville, Texarkana and Nightswimming. I've always loved his harmonies.

  • Jose Blanco
    Jose Blanco Oklahoma City
    Legend is that Wendell Gee was a WWII veteran that owned a car dealership outside of Athen, GA

    Legend is that Wendell Gee was a WWII veteran that owned a car dealership outside of Athen, GA

  • Scott Garred
    Scott Garred
    Wow great information Jose. Thanks for checking in too!

    Wow great information Jose. Thanks for checking in too!

  • Eric
    Eric Tipp City
    I did a cover of this song a few years back also. :) I'll have to send you a link to it. Nice synchronicity.

    I did a cover of this song a few years back also. smile
    I'll have to send you a link to it. Nice synchronicity.

  • Scott Garred
    Scott Garred
    Thanks Eric! I love your version and it inspired this one... I had never really 'heard' the lyrics until you covered it as part of your 52 covers per year...

    Thanks Eric! I love your version and it inspired this one... I had never really 'heard' the lyrics until you covered it as part of your 52 covers per year...

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