Top Ten Jobs Musicians Had Before They Were Famous

They were not born as giants, they worked regular day jobs like anyone else, and as they say, you can't kill metal, but you often can't pay bills either resulting in prominent musicians who kept their day jobs despite reaching fame.

The Top Ten

1 Safety Lecturer for Truck Drivers - Chuck Billy

Worked for 17 years as a lecturer - Ananya

2 Jimi Hendrix Roadie - Lemmy Kilmister
3 Pilot - Bruce Dickinson

Unlike the others, though, he didn't completely give it up. - Gg2000

4 Drug Dealer - Dave Mustaine

He sold drugs? Wow. - Userguy44

Can I have his number? - ryanrimmel

To support himmself, at the age of 15, used to sell drugs - Ananya

5 Computer Specialist - Mike Mangini

Worked on a program that studied the links between the human brain and body - Metal_Treasure

6 Upholsterer - Jack White

The white stripes frontman was an upholsterer, one man business called third man upholstery - Ananya

7 Construction Worker - Ozzy Osbourne

And a slaughter house worker too - Ananya

But hated his job - Ananya

Hated his job? Even slaughter-house worker? I'd think he'd enjoy that and even incorporate it into his stage act - Billyv

8 Policeman - Matt Barlow

This guy is awesome as a singer and personality. - Metal_Treasure

9 Assistant Coroner - Jonathan Davis
10 Union Carpenter - Steve Souza

The Contenders

11 Janitor - Kurt Cobain

When he was 20, worked as a janitor. - Ananya

12 Biomedical Engineer - Gregg Gillis
13 Topless DJ - Jill Janus

Does this mean "headless" or "flat-chested"? - Billyv

14 Light Technician for Slayer - Gene Hoglan Light Technician for Slayer - Gene Hoglan Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.
15 Pyro-tech for Black Sabbath - Joey DeMaio Pyro-tech for Black Sabbath - Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio is an American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he founded in 1980. He is also the founder and CEO of Magic Circle Music.
16 Sixth Grade Teacher - Gene Simmons

He taught at a public school on Manhattan's west side for six months. The reason why he quit? "...I discovered the real reason I became a teacher. It was because I wanted to get up on stage and have people notice me. I had to quit because the stage was too small. Forty people wasn't enough, I wanted 40,000." - Gg2000

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Top Remixes

1. Safety Lecturer for Truck Drivers - Chuck Billy
2. Jimi Hendrix Roadie - Lemmy Kilmister
3. Upholsterer - Jack White
1. Computer Specialist - Mike Mangini
2. Pilot - Bruce Dickinson
3. Policeman - Matt Barlow


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