Uniform Choice was started by Guitarist Myke Bates, Bassist Hanson Meyer and Drummer Eric Hanna during the Spring of 1982. Bates had been playing with a couple of bands previously in Palm Springs. His band, Funeral Information, had played early punk shows with Sin 34 and Black Flag (band) and his other band, Target 13, had written the song Rodney On The ROQ for KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer which appeared on the compilation album Rodney On The ROQ, Vol 2 under the independent record label Poshboy.
Bates left his skateboard shop, Bates Skates, behind in Palm Springs and moved to Newport Beach. He looked to start a band in Orange County and found Meyer and Hanna who were playing with a local punk band called Moral Sin.
They together created Uniform Choice and as a power trio started playing a number of songs already written by Bates. Meyer and Bates wrote a number of songs together over the course of the next two years including War is Here and Don't Take the Car You'll Kill Yourself. Bates played lead guitar and sang lead vocals in the beginning until the group landed on lead singer, Elliott Colla, a former classmate of Meyer and Hanna's from Corona Del Mar High School.