Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" ad 1971

The Rolling Stones getting cheeky in 1971

The great thing about reissues is it’s a chance to revisit works that might have been forgotten by all except those that bought the Rolling Stones album way back in April 1971.

Here are ten fun facts about The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” making its well earned remastered appearance 44 years later.

1) It’s the first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records.

2) The album features the first usage of the band’s “tongue & lips” logo, which was originally designed by John Pasche in 1970.

3) Jagger reportedly approached the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking to commission images for the band. John Pasche, who was working on his M.A. at the school designed the logo and ended up working for the Stones from 1970 to 1974. “Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth,” Pasche said

4) John Pasche designed four tour posters for the Rolling Stones between 1970 and 1973



5)  The cover of the original release featured a working zipper and mock belt buckle that opened to reveal cotton briefs. The vinyl release displayed the band’s name and album title along the image of the belt; behind the zipper the white briefs were seemingly rubber stamped in gold with the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol, below which read “THIS PHOTOGRAPH MAY NOT BE—ETC.”While the artwork was conceived by Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.


6) Joe Dallesandro claims to have been the model. Those closest to the shoot, and subsequent design, name Factory artist and designer Corey Tippin as the likeliest candidate. Joe Dallesandro claims to have been the model.

7) In Spain, the original cover was censored and replaced with a “Can of fingers” cover. In 1992, the LP release of the album in Russia featured Cyrillic lettering for the band name and album name, a colorized photograph of blue jeans with a zipper, and a Soviet Army uniform belt buckle that shows a hammer and sickle inscribed in a star. The model appears to be female.


8) The Rolling Stones recorded  three songs at famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala.  over three days — from Dec. 2-4. The Stones put down the basic tracks and live vocals on ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘You Gotta Move’

9) It is Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar. (acoustic guitar on “Dead Flowers” and “Moonlight Mile”; rhythm guitar on “Sway).

10) The Stones have a looser take on the opening track “Brown Sugar” for their new reissue.  It features the band rocking out with Eric Clapton playing slide guitar. This rendition, recorded during Keith Richards and Bobby Keys’ birthday party in December 1970.


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