PEOPLE have all sorts of reasons for converting to Judaism.
But none will be as zany as American musician Albert Hammond Jr's decision to switch from the Episcopalian Church in 2002.
Initially it was believed that The Strokes guitarist converted so bandmate Nick Valensi wasn't the only Jew in the group.
But Albert told me that there was an ulterior motive at work - it got him the girls.
"Girls would always ask me in clubs if I was Jewish, so I would end up saying yes," said Albert, who started his solo tour of the UK yesterday.
"It became a bit of a joke within the band so I went ahead with a conversion. I guess that shows the power of sex."
When the son of English singer/songwriter Albert Hammond isn't moonlighting as a Jew, he is a member of The Strokes.
Their 2001 debut album This Is It is a bona fide classic, but the group have had their troubles since and many of the members, including Albert, have embarked on solo careers.
And although they released their fifth studio album, Comedown Machine, in May, Albert Jr is focused on his own solo career that has seen him release two albums.
The singer will be plugging his new EP AHJ (Cult Records) at Glasgow's Broadcast tomorrow and Night & Day Café in Manchester on Sunday. Monday sees him at Brudenell Social in Leeds.
"There are a lot of similarities and a lot of differences when it comes to going solo," he explained to me.
"The biggest difference is that you miss the back and forth between one another.
"Especially because I began in the band when I was so young. Sometimes I miss it, sometimes I don't."
Now aged 33, Albert can look back on a time when he was an upstart 21-year-old enjoying the trappings of fame.
But perhaps he was indulged too much?
"It's hard to sum up the emotions we went through in a single phrase," he remarked. "It was silly and amazing, but hard to sum up.
"People want it summed up in a neat package, but you know it really was great fun . . . sometimes."
In 2011, Albert told Q Magazine that he felt some people blamed him for The Strokes' shortcomings.
"No one within the band blamed me or anything like that," he explained. "It was more from the outside and that is not an option you can prepare for.
"Maybe things would have been different had success not been instant, but who knows?
"People look at it that way, but I just live life.
"I'm not trying to cure cancer, I'm just playing music and it's a pretty awesome thing to do and share with people."
Such is his focus on the solo side to his career, he is adamant when he says "there is nothing to talk about" when it comes to The Strokes.
So is he enjoying life as a soloist?
"Well obviously," he rebutted. "I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't enjoy it."
Albert is equally terse when discussing the influence of his father on him.
The English vocalist founded the group The Family Dogg in the 1960s, yet Albert the younger is insistent he is his own man.
"I don't bounce ideas off my dad," he said. "And I'd like to think I have my own unique way of doing things and standing alone as opposed to anything else."