"Wendell Gee" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released as the third and final single from the group's third studio album Fables of the Reconstruction in 1985. It was released in Europe only, in two 7" and two 12" formats.
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Fables of the Reconstruction|
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
Instrumentally, the song was almost entirely composed and performed by Mike Mills, with Michael Stipe supplying the lyric and vocal. (Mills' backing vocal is "Gonna miss you, boy".) Peter Buck hated the song when it was initially recorded, claiming its only redeeming feature was his banjo solo, and it was only included on the album at the last minute. With Buck's objections being such, the song was very rarely played live, even on the European leg of the Reconstruction tour where it had been released as a single. Buck has since revised his view of the song.
The subject of the song died just after R.E.M. completed their 1995 world tour in support of the previous year's Monster. He was 69.
- "Wendell Gee" – 3:02
- "Crazy" (Pylon) – 3:05
7" double pack and 12" - Holland
12" - UK
1 Recorded at the Music Hall, Seattle, Washington; June 27, 1984.