I was watching the music video to Los Angeles Is Burning on The Punk Show on MuchMusic when The Empire Strikes First first came out. Beyond Electric Dreams was my first favorite song by them. I still love this band so much, got to see them in Hamburg and in Vancouver...
First heard: Los Angeles Is Burning
Favorite: Shattered Faith
2. Chris Cornell
Well, he's the frontman for two other bands on this list :P I'm happy to say I was in the front "row" during a concert :) I'm a fan of James Bond movies, so finding out he did the opening track for "Casino Royale" was doubleplusgood. I started with Carry On and moved back; I was hooked on his albums during my trip last year to Egypt, Seasons was pretty much the theme for me there.
First heard: You Know My Name, I assume...
Favorite: Pillow Of Your Bones, but it's a hard choice. I like pretty much all of Euphoria Morning
3. Foo Fighters
Considering all the airtime this band gets, how could I say how I found out about them?