In response to an Australian interviewer, I created this graph to demonstrate why Pere Ubu, among others, represents the Mainstream in pop culture and performers such as Lady Gaga, for example, can be described as many things but not Mainstream. Experimental, avant-garde, alternative, indie, incomprehensible, underground - all would apply. Simply not 'Mainstream.'
Ask yourself, Why is the Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell collaboration on 'Galveston' the only effective anti-war song recorded?
'Literacy' is the ability, facility and will to pursue an accurate portrayal of the human condition with sound.