Former Sex Pistols Manager To Run For Mayor Of London

Consider it the "The Great [Political] Rock & Roll Swindle."

Malcolm McLaren, the man who helped mastermind the legendary punk rock group Sex Pistols, has thrown his hat into the race to be the first elected Mayor of London, according to Reuters.

As part of his platform, McLaren wants to legalize both brothels and marijuana, allow libraries to sell alcohol, and permit bars and pubs to remain open 24 hours a day. McLaren has also proposed replacing buses with an electric train system and starting a new lottery to help house the homeless.

McLaren got his start in the music industry as manger for the New York Dolls in the early '70s before assembling the Sex Pistols after a falling out with the Dolls. McLaren was instrumental in the Pistols' mercurial rise and fall between 1975 and 1978, helping the group land several lucrative label deals -- most of which the Pistols were fired from.

After the break-up of the Pistols, McLaren pieced together another band, Bow Wow Wow,

whose career (barring the minor, early MTV hit, "I Want Candy") was almost as short-lived.

McLaren launched a solo career in 1983 with "Duck Rock," an album that pieced together urban beats and world rhythms, and scored a pair of Top 10 singles in the U.K. with "Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch."

He has continued to release albums on and off since then, and has also dabbled in composing scores for film and directing for British TV. Earlier this year, McLaren and Burkhardt Seiler compiled "The Album Cover Art of Punk," which includes many of the albums and artists McLaren knew and worked with in punk's heyday.

Despite his rock credentials, McLaren is considered to be an extreme outsider in London's mayoral race, and bookmakers have placed the odds that he'll actually win the election at 5000 to 1.