Thomas Dolby's new gig: ringtone producer

Thomas Dolby

It could be worse. As a washed-up 80s pop star, Thomas Dolby could be playing Vegas piano bars for change. Instead, he's recording ringtones, and has been pretty successful at it, according to The Wall Street Journal. Not only has Dolby written or arranged hundreds of tones, but it turns out he's the man behind "Gran Vals," also known as The Incredibly Annoying Default Nokia Ringtone (to be fair, Dolby didn't write it; he just did the polyphonic arrangement). Still, we suspect that deep down, Dolby would rather be making the big bucks playing the nostalgia circuit like fellow 80s stars Duran Duran. Oh, and for the record, he still has nothing to do with Dolby Labs.