I got into metal in the most rounadabout way possible, I think.
I was a little kid, maybe 8 or 9, and there was a garage sale up the road. My little brother, older sister, and I walked down to see what we could find. I think mom gave each of us a quarter.
I found this cool-looking 12" record with monsters on the cover. My sister told me to get this K-Tel (remember them?) record instead, because the monster record was scratched (she probably liked some of the songs on the K-Tel record - Star Power it was <grin>)
Anyway, the KISS single Christine Sixteen was on it. At the time I didn't like it, but fast forward about 3 years and I dig the record out and played it again. I thought it was all pretty crap except for - you got it - that KISS song. So I bought Love Gun on cassette.
I quickly got into more bands like Iron Maiden (Seventh Son was my first) and of course, Priest.