So this is a surefire way to get people clambering to buy your first solo album: tell them that some of the songs on it are, essentially, rejects.
Albert Hammond Jr has told NME that certain songs on Yours To Keep were passed on by his nine-to-five outfit, The Strokes.
"I did suggest my songs once or twice and I got turned down," said the guitarist. "The other members didn't like (them). Julian writes the songs and we play them and do our thing with them."
Out on October 9 through Rough Trade, Yours To Keep has been preceded by an iTunes-only single, 'Everyone Gets A Star'. It's out now.
Hammond Jr continued: "I don't think I feel trapped in the band but I'm definitely glad I made this record. It wasn't, 'I wanna get out', just sometimes after all the press and touring with each other sometimes you want something different."
What, so gardening, or hang gliding, or taking up decoupage, wasn't good enough for you? You had to make a solo album? Sheeeesh...