No, no, I really believe you, I do. And I hate/love when that happens. I mean everyone wants to say they were on the ground floor of loving this or that movie or band. But when you were one of the first to love so-n-so, you really want to say to all the sudden believers, ?fuck you, I was here first.? For me, it was The Postal Service. In 2000 I lived in Seattle and a local radio show turned me onto Dntel, dj/mastermind. I literally bought the first Postal Service EP Such Great Heights in 2003 a week after it came out. I loved them and wanted them to be great. So I made mix tapes for friends but nobody seemed to like them. Then they put a song on Garden State and suddenly they can be heard from ear buds of everyone on your commuter train to the city.
This is massive exaggeration but you get my point. Its an interesting dichotomy, something so great you want to share it but at the same time you want it to belong to you.
All that being said, I didn?t see Donnie Darko until it much later.