Who cleaned toilets, who killed cows, who worked at the gap? Some of these musicians had unenviable pre fame jobs…
Everybody’s got to earn a living somehow and when you're an aspiring rock star you might end up having to take a few bad jobs along the way to pay the bills. Take these 10 for example, who certainly learnt the meaning of a hard day’s work before finding fame.
Ozzy, an enemy of both bats and cows
The Prince of Darkness had many jobs before finding fame with Black Sabbath, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, car factory horn-tuner, and slaughterhouse worker. Yes before he ever bit the head off a bat he actually killed cows for living. Yuck.
He’s now a Vogue cover star, but back in his pre fame days Kanye was probably exclusively rocking Gap polo shirts. The rapper used to work as a sales assistant for the clothing brand, but apparently they didn't pay him too well. As he raps on ‘Spaceship’, “let's go back, back to the Gap, look at my check, wasn't no scratch, so if I stole, wasn't my fault.” However we're sure by now his earnings have evened out.
Before finding fame with the Killers, Las Vegas born Flowers made the most of the city's tourism industry and took a job as a bell hop at the Gold Coast Hotel. Soon after he answered an advert in a local paper asking for musicians and well, the rest is history.
Sixteen year old Mick Jagger once held a part time job as a porter at Bexley psychiatric hospital. Sounds quite mundane right? Well Mick certainly knew how to have some fun on the job as he allegedly lost his virginity to a nurse one night in a hospital cupboard. Yep that sounds like Jagger.
Morrissey wants to make sure you've paid youre taxes
Trust Morrissey to have the most drab pre fame job of them all. The former Smiths frontman once briefly worked as a clerk for the Inland Revenue. However young Steven was obviously spending his days daydreaming about music as his letters to the NME from the period will attest. On one, about Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, he signed off, “PS: I work for the Inland Revenue - am I still allowed to be a punk?” Yes you are Morrissey, but only cause it’s you.
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