Vardis


Vardis

Infobox musical artist |
Name = Vardis



Img_capt = Image scanned from 1981 official European tour book
Img_size = 300
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
Instrument =
Genre = Heavy metal
Years_active = 1978 – 1986
Label =
Associated_acts =
URL =
Current_members = Steve Zodiac – Guitar and lead vocals
Terry Horbury - Bass
Gary Pearson – drums
Guest Musicians =
Past_members = Alan Selway – Bass
Vardis were a pioneering three-piece heavy metal band from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene between 1978 and 1986. They were from Wakefield in England, and consisted of frontman Steve Zodiac on guitar and lead vocals, Alan Selway on bass and Gary Pearson on drums. From 1984, Selway was replaced by Terry Horbury (previously of Dirty Looks).

Original Vardis records are rare and are valued in most record collector's books and guides. An original copy of '100mph' including the enclosed tour guide and poster has an estimated value of approximately £500 ($940).Fact|date=February 2007

Works

Vardis' first album "100 mph", which was recorded live, included the tracks "100 mph," "If I Were King," and "Let's Go."

Vardis' second album "The Worlds Insane" featured a fiery version of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" and a blues title track with a lashing solo.

The third album "Quo Vardis" offered barnburners like "Together Tonight" and "Boogie Blitz" with Steve Zodiac's guitar leads inspiring later metal giants.

Influence

Steve Zodiac is directly quoted by the likes of Metallica as a heavy infuence.Fact|date=February 2007 He prematurely quit Vardis in 1986, which resulted in an outcry amongst rock n' roll fans all over the worldFact|date=February 2007) due to mounting tensions between himself and several people within the music industry.

Discography

ingles, EPs

* 100 M.P.H. EP (Redball, 1979)
* If I Were King (Castle, 1980)
* Let's Go (Logo, 1980)
* Too Many People (Logo, 1980)
* Silver Machine (Logo, 1981)
* All You'll Ever Need (Logo, 1981)
* Gary Glitter Part One / To Be With You (Logo, 1982) [double A-side single]
* Standing In The Road (Big Beat, 1984)

Albums

* 100 M.P.H. (Logo, 1980)
* The World's Insane (Logo, 1981)
* Quo Vardis (Logo, 1982)
* The Lion's Share (Razor, 1983)
* Vigilante (Raw Power LP022, 1986) featuring Terry Horbury
* The World's Gone Mad (Essential, 2000) [Compilation album]

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/vardismarquee/ Vardis photos and links]
* [http://nwobhm.info/nwobhm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=527&Itemid=42 NWOBHM Vardis archive]
* [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/artist/glance/-/163642/ CDs on Amazon.com]
* [http://www.geocities.com/jjjagg2000/ Vardis European Tour Book 1981]
* [http://www.geocities.com/vardisheavymetalcharts/ Vardis heavy metal charts archive and links]


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