V2 1977 - 1980
V2 were formed in late 1976 by David Wilks and Mark Standley.
Both were regulars at Bowie/Roxy clubs in Manchester, and became aware of punk rock when Dave Went to see the Sex Pistols in Manchester.
This seminal gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, at which the Pistols were supported by Manchester bands Slaughter and the dogs and the Buzzcocks, inspired the next generation of bands to come out of Manchester, the Drones, Joy Division, the Fall, and V2.
V2 brought their Glam Rock past to the band, and quickly became a popular live act with over the top shows, explosions, smashing up their equipment, and bassist Stan the Man attacking audiences with his cricket bat guitar when they spat at him once to often.
Their first EP, released on Bent records, (small bent one) was released in late 77, and quickly sold out 3 pressings. It featured 3 songs, Speedfreak, Nothing to do and That's it.
It went into the alternative top ten on each release.
Their second single, on TJM records (TJM1) was released on 18th January 1979 and eventually sold around 30,000 reaching no 1 in
the alternative chart.
It featured 2 songs, 'Man in the Box' and ' When the World isn't there'
Although initially very successful, the group fell into disarray due to inexperience, lack of money, drink and dubious substances, and in early 1980 they all went their own ways.
Standley went on to form 'The Earwigs' in 1981 with ex-V2 drummer Steve Brotherdale on vocals, and ex-Victim guitarist Hugh O'Boyle on bass.
He has since performed with, amonst others, Tricky, playing bass on Black Steel. The Glitter Band, The Drones and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
He currently plays guitar and produces Berlin based band SisterButterFly