After he released a spoof public office campaign complete with a seriously funny manifesto and a political party, Alice Cooper was asked during an interview with Metal Hammer: In Residence on Spotify whether he believes there’s any chance that rock and politics would go well together. And his answer is pretty straight to the point:
“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?
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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 mom 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.”
And as a humanitarian himself, he emphasized that he has no problem with people using their fame to help others and raise important issues and that it’s different when you try for public office.
“I think what Bono does and what Springsteen does, Sting and all the people that raise money for others – that’s humanitarian, and I’m all for that. But I don’t think that’s political.”
To be honest, he makes some interesting points here. Let’s just stick to rock ‘n roll.