THE FIRST MUSIC I ever felt connected to was early (“Fables of the Reconstruction” era) REM. I was in middle school.
This was in Marietta, Georgia in the mid 80s. The area still had this somewhat rural element. There were local farms and a few kids the bus would pick up from the edge of the woods. But it was all turning into suburbia, and by the time I graduated college, the place would all become one solid strip mall / subdivision.