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Hammond Jr in rehab while recording Strokes album

By | Published on Wednesday 30 March 2011

The Strokes

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr was in rehab for much of the recording the band’s new album, ‘Angles’, and suffering from drugs withdrawal. This might explain why it’s not that good.

He told The Sun: “People can’t believe I did that. I wasn’t on any chemicals. It was hard – you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn’t remember things. It’s like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I’d rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked up shit they did”.

Fellow guitarist Nick Valensi added: “We all saw something was broken – certain people getting into drugs. There was a lot of nodding off and passing out in the studio, like: ‘Jesus, you’re not awake to record your part, we have to wait four hours so you can nap'”.