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Uniform Choice was started by guitarist Myke Bates, bassist Hanson Meyer and drummer Eric Hanna in the Spring of 1982 in Newport Beach, California. Bates had been playing with a couple of bands previously in Palm Springs including Target 13, Funeral Information and Subservice and had played early punk shows with SIN 34 and Black Flag. He is also credited for writing the song “Rodney On The ROQ” for KROQ-FM DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, which was performed by Target 13 and appeared on the compilation album Rodney On The ROQ, Vol 2 under the independent record label Posh Boy Records.

Bates left his skateboard shop, Bates Skates, behind in Palm Springs and moved to Newport Beach in early 1981. He looked to start a new band in Orange County and found Meyer and Hanna who were playing with guitarist Dave Marriott and singer Scott Brandon in a local punk band called Moral Sin. Bates had originally joined the line-up of Moral Sin as a second guitarist but soon after, Scott Brandon left the group leaving it without a singer. Bates then moved into the dual role of guitarist/singer and suggested the group change its name to Uniform Choice with the explanation that it represented our right to do whatever we wanted to do.

After about two months, Marriott left the group to pursue other endeavors and the remaining members pressed forward as a power trio. Meyer and Bates wrote a number of songs together over the course of the next year including “War is Here” and “Don’t Take the Car You’ll Kill Yourself”.


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  • Manoloxines

    Cool shit!

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • xnapafasex

    7,024 listeners what the fuck?!

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • xRLx

    yeah it's a great record. unnecessarily slated

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • haggard666

    Staring at the sun is solid emocore, heaps like Freewill and Cortner era Dag Nasty.

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
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    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SaucyPete

    you think staring at the sun is terrible you should hear pats other band corporate avengers

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ultrasroma1975

    Screaming for Change is a classic old-school SxE record of the 80s, a pure gem. Too bad they later produced the terrible 'Staring Into the Sun."

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • BioChemTerp

    I was around and had their CASSETTE but as GREAT as it was they had already moved on. If you had the tape you saw it. The inside foldout had the cover of the SE guy with the X on hand, shaved head , etc. on the cover but then they had a band pic on the back that had them all with real long hair and leather jackets looking like some heavy metal band and their second album went totally off track. This one is a classic though. You can't hear Scream for a change without getting hyped and wanting to head out on a skateboard and hit a launch ramp and throw down a huge frigid air or judo air, or anything. I miss launch ramps, and real skateboards with SHAPE and different designs. UGH, MInor threat was so right that time is so why is everybody in such a fuckin rush. I miss those days. Even worse is kids today thinkin they are "old school" because they like Good Charlotte or Sum41. Ugh. NJHC rules go skate LOVE park in Philly NOW!!!!I wish I could go back...

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • veludinho

    fuck youth crew, fuck god and 777 boys !!! God Free YouthPunxxx

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • thrashdeth

    very good.

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • xjasonleebyasx

    Best youth crew band. [2]

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • WasteNoReason

    Oldschool Punk & Hardcore <--join my group

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • deadsongs

    wow, screaming for change is the best hardcore album i've heard in a while. easily best youth crew record

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • xnapafasex

    <3 you gave to me the love i thought i've never haaaaad

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • aaronWHAT

    Did yall hear that they were gonna release a split record with NWA in the late 80s but the idea dissolved..

    1 Feb 2010 Reply
  • xVivsx

    \m/\m/ ахуенные

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • alenewport

    Awesome band and very very underated

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Choice777

    are they trying to say all Choice's are the same? so wrong.

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
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