Local bands. Fuck, man- LOCAL BANDS.
For a brief period in the early 90s, Portsmouth NH was ready to explode. Seriously- We had an amazing thriving local music scene, and one band, Thanks to Gravity, had been signed to a major label. They released the first album and started touring regionally with label support, right around the same time the label was also supporting a new regional release on the west coast- Bleach. Nirvana's sales were a bit better, so the label cut off the Portsmouth band and started signing everybody they could find from Seattle.
But there were a few months where it could have gone the other way. There's a documentary on the scene called "In Danger of Being Discovered". Some of these local boys have gone on to win grammys, one band spent over a decade selling out stadiums in Europe, one went on to sing for the Dropkick Murphys, and a couple are now the rhythm section of The Pretty Reckless. Others had their songs covered by the Ramones and the Breeders.
But all of those almost bands they were in that never quite made it? I would love to see each of them have a Wikipedia entry- But apparently, they aren't "noteworthy" enough.