From boyband member to turkey farmer: 10 of the finest pop star occupation adjustments | Tunes

Lauren Laverne

Kenickie frontperson turned radio presenter

With Cerys Matthews and Dude Garvey ensconced at BBC 6 Tunes, you may possibly see the “indie star turns DJ” career path as relatively schedule. But Laverne blazed a trail on leaving punk teens Kenickie for Xfm. That the presenter of Desert Island Discs when roared “She threw up and I was glad” in ripe mackem tones implies the voice of the country is shifting for the superior.

Dan Spitz

Anthrax guitarist turned master watchmaker

Spitz’s shredding is all in excess of the significant-shorted thrashers’ Persistence of Time LP. Had been the clues always there? Owning completed two degrees, he is now one of the world’s top rated horologists. And surely the most metal. “When it comes to a watch’s quality, the truth of the matter is that the movement sucks ass or the movement kicks ass,” he advises.

Stand and produce …. Erykah Badu. Photograph: Alamy

Erykah Badu

Neo-soul pioneer turned doula

Additional of a sideline than a new career (she is also threatening a life-style shop with scents together with Badu’s Pussy, designed from her burnt pants), in 2011 Badu capable as a doula. Functioning amid mates – and under the identify Badoula, in a natural way – she has due to the fact sent much more than 40 youthful ’uns. To established the scene, they “like Wu-Tang”, apparently.

JB Gill

JLS singer turned turkey farmer

We are employed to previous X Factor stars relocating into musical theatre or light-weight enjoyment, but the outdoor-loving Gill was possessing none of that. Right after JLS split, he expanded his Kent smallholding into a 15-acre turkey farm. If you happened to ever wonder where Small Combine and Zayn Malik buy their birds for Christmas, ponder no additional.

Niall O’Flaherty

Sultans of Ping FC singer turned college lecturer

Quite a few alt-rockers go again to university. But who, definitely, on hearing 1992’s nutty college student-pleaser Where’s Me Jumper?, could have predicted that the Sultans of Ping shouter would have an outstanding next act as a lecturer in the heritage of European political considered at King’s University London?

Saucy ... Isaac Hayes.
Saucy … Isaac Hayes. Photograph: Anthony Barboza/Getty

Isaac Hayes

Soul-funk crooner turned barbecue skilled

Hayes had completed it all by 1971, and when South Park gave him a shock late-profession voice flip as Chef, you could be forgiven for considering they were simply riffing on his loverman persona. In actuality, by then he experienced a barbecue cafe and his possess Memphis Magic selection of sauces.

Richard Coles

Communards keyboardist turned vicar

Earlier a purveyor of political disco-pop, the now Rev Richard Coles was surprised on becoming a member of theological college to come across an ex-member of Roxy Music and an individual who wrote tracks for Sinitta had overwhelmed him to it. However, he remains the Uk media’s go-to rocking vicar.

Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter

Jazz-rock guitarist turned US army marketing consultant

When just one wouldn’t want to deny anybody a residing, it should be a disappointment to Baxter’s aged comrades in Steely Dan that he now deploys his signature precision for the Guy. His knowledge in defence program stems from his study into digital recording. Be warned, Russia: Baxter’s also threatened to “reach out” to fellow boffin Brian May well.

Sofa so good ... Alannah Currie with the Thompson Twins in 1984.
Couch so fantastic … Alannah Currie with the Thompson Twins, 1984. Photograph: Mike Prior/Redferns

Alannah Currie

Thompson Twins percussionist turned arthouse upholsterer

“You sew me up, oh-oh!” In the exact reverse of Jack White’s job trajectory, this icy 80s xylophone basher and major hat enthusiast went from pop star to cushion stuffer. In reality, her work is a lot more Damien Hirst than Dunelm. A chaise longue exhibited by Currie in 2011 arrived with a stuffed swan for an armrest.

The drummer from Drop Seven

Lose Seven drummer turned quiz software developer

“Alan Shed” has absent from pub quiz query (what was his genuine name?) to the gentleman who sets the issues – by using a group of 16 staff. Originally designed for linking up pub quizzes, Gala Bingo-style, his SpeedQuizzing app was recently utilised by educational facilities around the world for distant educating.