THE STROKES star Albert Hammond Jr converted to Judaism 18 months ago, and the religious awakening had an instant effect on his sex life.

The guitarist, who was baptised Episcopalian, claims he converted because he didn't want bandmate Nick Valensi to be the only Jew in the group - and has no regrets because it has changed his life.

Hammond explains, "The first time I told a guy I was Jewish was in Los Angeles. He pulled me into the corner, and I discovered this whole secret world. He even got me laid that night."

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