Vardis originally started out under the name Quo Vardis by guitarist and vocalist Steve Zodiac along with Alan Selway (bass) and Gary Pearson (drums) as a heavier, harder version of Status Quo. After the one-off single 100 M.P.H. (1979) for the Red Ball' imprint, they dropped the Quo from their name and began to amass a following in the NWOBHM scene with Zodiac as the centerpiece. After a second single, the act was signed to the Logo' label to release their debut album, also titled 100 M.P.H. (1980). The debut was a live affair showcasing their stage personas and sound, something they had been receiving acclaim over for some time. Live performances was indeed their survival tactic for constant touring ensued, even performing with Hawkwind and recording a popish version of their Silver Machine, a track that appeared on Vardis' follow-up album, The World's Insane (1981).
By the time their third set, Quo Vardis (1982), came they were loosing momentum. Terry Horbury (ex-Dirty Tricks) took over from Selway for their last set Vigilante (1986).
Footnote: Do not confuse this Vardis with the dance group who released the Past And Present single.