Before the fame arrived, what did performers do to make ends meet?
The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 127 Former Career entries on the site.
Name & Band
Comments & Submittor Name
|Patti Smith, Patti Smith||Toy factory worker||Patti Smith used to work in a toy factory, fixing boxes and testing toys. She didn’t seem to have had the best time there: “The stuff those women did to me in that factory was horrible. They’d gang up on me and stick my head in a toilet full of piss!” - Lefty Lucy|
|Tame Impala, Kevin Parker||Law clerk||Before Parker became a musician, he was working as a law clerk in Perth, Australia. He actually wrote some of his first songs whilst bored and travelling around for work delivering court documents. When music began to take over and his work began to slack, he was threatened with being fired and quit instead. - Lefty Lucy|
|Pearl Jam, Eddie Vadder||Security guard||In his youth, Eddie Vedder patrolled the night shift as a security guard at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., recording music and surfing on his time off. In the '90s, Vedder was working at a gas station, before picking up with a Seattle-based group looking for a vocalist. Vedder’s self-recorded demo Momma-Son, highlighting his distinctive pipes and original lyrics, won him the gig. The band, Mookie Baylock, would later change their name to Pearl Jam after running into trademark issues. - Lefty Lucy|
|My Chemical Romance, Mikey Way||Barnes And Nobles employee||He came up with the band name 'My Chemical Romance' when he came across the book 'Ecstacy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance' - Kat|
|One Direction, Harry Styles||Bakery Worker||"Um...I work in a bakery..." ~Harry at his "X-Factor" audition - wand erection|
|The Police, Sting||School Teacher||He taught English and Soccer. - Larcen Tyler|
|Kool & The Gang, James "J.T." Taylor||School Teacher||He's the singer for Kool + the Gang and he helped steer this group of funkateers to mega-sucess during the Eighties. - Overpowered By Funk|
|Madonna, Madonna Louise Ciccone||Dunkin Donuts worker||It was her very first job and she got the boot on her very first day for squirting icing on a customer. You didn't think it was some other kind of work, didja? Well, didja? - Lucky Star Explorer|
|Motorhead, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmeister||Roadie For Jimi Hendrix||The apprentice has learned well from the Jedi Master. Lemmy is now a Jedi Knight as well as the King of Speed Metal (Thrash).. - James Skywalker|
|A Flock Of Seagulls, Mike Score||Hairdresser||- Fly Seagull Fly!|
|The Who, Roger Daltrey||Steelworker||He does have an iron set of lungs ; ) - Teenage Wastelander|
|Cheap Trick, Robin Zander||Lounge Singer||He was in the choir in high school. He had a one-year contract as a parlor entertainer in Wisconsin and was asked by a band in Rockford, Illinois to join them at the end of his contract. He did so. - He Wants Us To Want HIM!|
|Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry||Ceramics Art Class Teacher||Then he went on to form an "art rock" band that led to the birth of the New Wave / Punk Rock revolution! - Viva Le Rock Revolution!|
|Poison, Rikki Rockett||Hairdresser||I couldn't stop laughing when I heard this... - G|
|Platinum Blonde, Mark Holmes||Welder||Mark also took a job as a welder in a muffler shop. - Celeste|
|Platinum Blonde, Mark Holmes||Welder||Another one of Mark Holmes' various jobs before his years in Platinum Blonde. - Celeste|
|Platinum Blonde, Kenny MacLean||Hair Dresser||Kenny and Mark were both hair dressers. - Celeste|
|Social Distortion, Mike Ness||Adult Film Store Employee||Yeah... - G|
|Platinum Blonde, Mark Holmes||Hairdresser||Before he took the riegns of lead singer for Platinum Blonde Mark worked as a hairdresser and even gave the band their signature platinum blonde hair. :) - Celeste|
|Solo singer, Trace Adkins||Oil drill platform worker||Before becoming a big country music star, at one time Trace worked on an oil drilling platform out in the Gulf of Mexico. - Edward|
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