Noodles, guitarist for the The Offspring kept his job as a high school janitor for three months after the band got big because he promised his boss he wouldn’t quit till the end of the school year

Noodles: ​“I Didn’t Even Quit My Job As A Janitor”

The Offspring​’s literal smash, Smash, turns 25 years old this April 3. To celebrate, frontman Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles got together to exclusively tell Kerrang! what made that album – and that whole era of the Cali punks’ career – so damn special.

Check out these tidbits below…

Noodles (guitar): ​“Prior to Smash, we were pretty much a part-time band. Even when we blew up, I didn’t even quit my job [as a janitor at the Earl Warren School in Anaheim] outright – I took a three-year leave of absence. I was still working there when we were blowing up ​’cause I’d promised my boss I wouldn’t quit until the end of the school year. There was this one high school girl that I knew [there] and she used to see me in the morning and … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Noodles, guitarist for the The Offspring kept his job as a high school janitor for three months after the band got big because he promised his boss he wouldn’t quit till the end of the school year”

  1. TheAtheistArab87

    Learned this from “behind the lyrics” on spotify as I was working out this morning. Also:

    >I was still working there when we were blowing up ​’cause I’d promised my boss I wouldn’t quit until the end of the school year. There was this one high school girl that I knew [there] and she used to see me in the morning and say to me, ​‘Man, what are you doing? I just saw you on MTV!’

  2. RedtheEricnevermore

    Professionals have standards.

  3. kemosabe1219

    A few years back Noodles used to frequent the grocery store I worked at. No one ever had the balls to fan-boy over him and he seemed to appreciate it. Never seemed like the type to love attention. But a few times I built up the courage to strike up casual conversation with him; he’s such a genuine and humble dude. Super down-to-earth and intelligent. Really cool guy. Still rocked the Noodles Haircut, too lol

  4. torment86

    Man, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that’s been on an Offspring kick lately.

  5. thecoolerllcoolJ

    I had a buddy who got a free upgrade to first class flying back home to Alaska from Minnesota and sat next to the offspring lead singer. This buddy said he was about to go super nova level fan boy as the offspring is his favorite band. Dexter was really nice and just asked if he could sleep and lay low on the flight and he would give buddy and his wife some free backstage tickets to see them. Got the tickets at the end of the flight got a bunch of cool photos and autographs with the band and hung out a little with them after the show. I think they even got some free swag if I remember that part right.

  6. JefftheBaptist

    Tom Scholz, the guy behind the band Boston, was still working as an engineer for Polaroid when the band’s debut album started charting. Someone came and got him from his desk once when More Than A Feeling started playing on a secretary’s radio.

  7. lynivvinyl

    That’s rather respectable.

  8. GrizzlyBear74

    The lead singer of the Offspring (Dexter Holland) got himself a Phd in molecular biology. This band’s members are something else.

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