Wife Vs Secretary
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Wife Vs Secretary

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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Wife Vs Secretary are Charlie Milne who sings and plays piano, Dino Bardot on guitar, Ally Batten on bass and Mark O’ Donnell who plays the drums.

After some years of performing in other people’s bands such as V-Twin, The Karelia, Yummy Fur and Stinky Munchkins, and getting sacked from them all for various strictly non-musical crimes, Charlie decided it was really no fun being the keyboard-playing wallflower in someone else's dream.

So he placed his white grand piano slap bang in the middle of the stage and gathered in a messy swirl around him, comprising:

Dino who had occasionally played with Charlie in some of his former bands and was now busy playing bass with 1990s. Dino likes playing guitar better because it requires less timing and more feedback.

Mark, who used to play in Glasgow band The Flying Matchstick Men but hadn’t played the drums since moving to Berlin in 2006 to join in an AC/DC covers band (the drumming equivalent of running away with the circus)... He comes from a large family of musical ne'er-do-wells, (apart from the lone white sheep O'Donnell who played organ at the royal wedding).

Ally on bass, who has been attempting to provide the voice of reason for Charlie since their idylic childhood letting off home made mortars together on the beaches of Aberdeenshire. He has since put his learning in these fields to good use both in music and with bombs, and is currently taking his HGV licence so as to be ready for those sleek silver tour buses...

Charlie is inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis and James Booker, Balkan Gypsy Music, moonshine rakija trafficked by Mama Serbia, and the Boss.

After one of their first gigs someone told him that the band sounded like Captain Beefheart waylaying Bruce Springsteen in a dark corner with a bottle of whisky. Charlie would definitely put that the other way round...

The band is named after, but nothing to do with, the 1936 film with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, which they have all made a solemn vow never to watch.

Causing a stir on BBCRadio 6 with much airplay for 'Ra Ra Girls' from Marc Riley, a session quickly followed to critical acclaim, and securing a gig with Glasgow's finest Franz Ferdinand.