Whenever you get famous, you run the risk of someone digging into your past to find out what you were like before the fame hit. Sometimes, it’s a little embarrassing.
Take the case of Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist with the Strokes. Back when he was a teenager, he was a championship roller-skater. Not an in-line skater, but the kind that used to wear the clunky four-wheeled skates. He’d dress up in a costume and bust some old-school moves in front of as many as 5,000 people at a time in one of those traditional roller rinks. Apparently, the dude was quite good. That’s good to know because if the rock’n’roll thing ever falls apart, he’s got a skill to fall back on. Or maybe not.