A term created by people who have a need to feel different from everybody else, yet cannot without finding a derogatory term for people who listen to the radio. There is a reason the bands that "mainstreamers" listen to are on the radio, because they appeal to a larger audience. At one time, the bands on the radio were less well known. They weren't just born famous, they worked their way up to being on the radio and successful. What happens when the underground bands that others listen to finally get on the radio? Do they become "mainstreamers" too? Or do they immediately hate the band and move on.
Hey, look at that guy listening to System of a Down, what a mainstreamer.
I know, we are totally different from him. Let's go cut ourselves.
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