Alice Cooper may have snarled way back in the 1970s about how he wanted to be elected, but it turns out the wrinkled rocker is no political beast after all — in fact, he loathes rock stars who get involved in the political world.
Cooper doesn’t approve of earnest multi-millionaires who can hold a tune getting involved in the political side of things; he believes that rockers shouldn’t get ideas above their station, as by and large they’re dumber than the average person.
Inspired by the sheer vacuous horror of this year’s presidential election, Cooper recently launched a spoof manifesto that saw the aging theatrical shock rocker make a bid to become both British Prime Minister and President of the United States.
A press release detailing the let’s “Make America Sick Again” stated, “Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric – the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected.”
“But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent – Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind.
“He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join The Wild Party.
“Alice Cooper is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man – the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.”
The mock manifesto had a number of pledges, including a ban on selfies, a return of Brian Johnson to AC/DC, and adding the likeness of Motorhead’s late singer Lemmy to Mount Rushmore.
Cooper told the Courier Journal, “Let’s talk about the things that are really important to us, like people that talk in movie theaters. That’s what drives me nuts.”
“Clowns that make balloon animals in malls. These are the people that need to be destroyed, or at least incarcerated.”
Yet, despite having horror-show versions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on his current tour, who make an appearance during “Elected” and do battle, to leave Cooper as the last man standing. He is most definitely not interested in being the president.
“President of maybe the PTA, or a hot rod club. I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. I mean, they go in with black hair and come out with white hair.”
And Copper is even more damning when it comes to rock stars who dabble in politics, and he pulled no punches when he made a guest appearance on Metal Hammer: In Residence on Spotify.
Launching a tirade against rockers who use their fame for political gain, Cooper stresses that “rock n’ roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get.”
“I absolutely hate it. It’s the worst idea ever.
“First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do? That is the biggest fallacy in the world – if anything we’re dumber. We’re not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we’re rock stars?
“Trust me, we don’t read magazines you don’t read. Nobody calls us up and gives us as inside information on politics. We know less than you do. If I watch TV it’s Family Guy.
“Rock n’ roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get. When my mum and dad talked about who to vote for, I’d go in the other room and put on the Beatles or Rolling Stones – and I’m still like that.”
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