Rocker Alice Cooper wants to get Elected

Cooper calls for late Motorhead frontman Lemmy's likeness to be added to Mount Rushmore and for comedian Groucho Marx to grace the US$50 bill.
Cooper calls for late Motorhead frontman Lemmy's likeness to be added to Mount Rushmore and for comedian Groucho Marx to grace the US$50 bill.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • With American presidential front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both suffering high disapproval ratings, a new outside candidate sees an opening: Alice Cooper.

The veteran shock rocker has announced that he is running for president with the slogan, A Troubled Man For Troubled Times.

While the 68-year-old has enjoyed a fan base for decades, his platform, unveiled on a campaign website on Monday, revealed that he is not overly serious about his ambitions.

Cooper calls for late Motorhead frontman Lemmy's likeness to be added to Mount Rushmore, the massive mountain sculpture that honours four United States presidents, and for comedian Groucho Marx to grace the US$50 bill.

Leaving aside sovereignty concerns in Britain, which recently voted to leave the European Union, Cooper's platform also calls for Britain, where the rocker has long been popular, to put comic Peter Sellers on the £20 note.

 

Cooper's campaign so far consists of selling merchandise and reissuing his band's 1972 song Elected. The song, a hit during Mr Richard Nixon's successful re-election campaign, ends with a politician promising "Everybody has problems / And personally, I don't care".

Even if Cooper's campaign is a long shot, another musician - rap superstar Kanye West - has vowed to run for president in 2020.

Mr Trump, a real estate tycoon and former host of a reality television show himself, shocked the political establishment by winning the Republican nomination.

Cooper - the voice behind youth anthems such as School's Out and No More Mr Nice Guy - has in the past described himself as apolitical. He hinted at Republican sympathies in 2004 when he criticised musicians who campaigned for Mr John Kerry against Mr George W. Bush, arguing that rock and politics should not mix.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2016, with the headline 'Rocker Alice Cooper wants to get Elected'. Print Edition | Subscribe