I started listening to Misfits/Samhain while in junior high. The summer prior to my freshman year, I was at football camp for freshman (lifting, running) and had some Samhain shirt on. A fellow player saw it and we struck up a conversation about music and we instantly became friends. A short while later, he and I started a band (me on drums, him singing). We had found a guitarist and bassist and began practicing at my house. We had NO IDEA how to play - the guitarist was pretty good but the rest of us were a mess.
Over the next 3-4 years we got better and played at school functions, got to play for the school during lunch periods, Battle of the Bands, community talent/music shows and various youth group places. My senior year, I got the axe due to time commitment and the fact that I wasn't very good. The other guys started a new band, new name and proceeded to make a name for themselves.
For those that know the Chicago scene, this band was Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc (and a million other bands that morphed from that line up). I doubt many know these bands but it's pretty cool that they found a place and are highly regarded in their specific genre. Tim Kinsella was the singer I met at freshman football - and he has worked his ass off making a name for himself and doing what he does best. Even at a young age, you could tell he had a vision and the talent to do what he wanted. It's funny how these kinds of people always seem to have "it".
Growing up, there was no internet so we had a network of local, private owned record shops, older brothers, cousins and actually getting out and playing with other bands and trading music. People couldn't wait to share with each other and pass it on to others. This is how underground music survived - and yes, I know everyone thinks the internet is "the best ever" but for those of us that grew up in that time, there was something special and unique that bonded all these people. Something the internet can never replicate.