Sticky Fingers is the 9th British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. The album was released in April, 1971, and it was the band’s first album of the 1970s. It was the band’s first release on their newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Take a look below for 21 more interesting and fun facts about The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album.
1. The album has Mick Taylor’s first full length appearance.
2. Sticky Fingers is the first Rolling Stones album not to have any contributions from guitarists.
3. The album is also the first to have the found Brian Jones on it, as well as the first to have Mick Jagger credited with playing guitar on it.
4. Sticky Fingers is widely seen as one of the Rolling Stone’ best albums. It achieved triple platinum certification in the United States and has songs like “Brown Sugar,” “Dead Flowers,” “Wild Horses,” “Can’t Hear Me Knocking,” and “Moonlight Mike.”
5. Even though sessions for Sticky Fingers began in March, 1970, The Rolling STones had been recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama since December 1969.
6. A lot of the recording for Sticky Fingers was made with The Rolling Stones’ mobile studio unit in Stargroves during the summer and autumn of 1970.
7. The song “Sister Morphine” was cut during Let It Bleed sessions and it had been held over from the release of the album.
8. Early versions of songs that would eventually appear on Exile on Main St. were rehearsed during the mobile studio sessions.
9. The album art emphasises the suggestive innuendo of the Sticky Fingers title, showing a close up of a jeans clad male crotch with the visible outline of a large penis.
10. The cover of the original vinyl LP release featured a working zipper and perforations around the belt buckle that opened to reveal a sub-cover image of cotton briefs.
11. The vinyl release had the band’s nae and album title along the image of the belt. Behind the zipper, the white briefs were rubber stamped in gold with the stylized name of the American pop artist Andy Warhol.
12. While the artwork was done by Warhol, the photography was done by Billy Name and the design was done by Craig Braun.
13. The cover photo of a male model’s crotch was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger, but the people actually involved at the time of the photo shoot claim that Warhol had several different men photographed and Mick Jagger wasn’t among them.
14. Many retailers complained that the zipper on the cover was causing damage to the vinyl as the shipments were stacked on top of each other. This is why the zipper was unzipped slightly to the middle of the record, where the damage would be minimised.
15. The album has the first usage of the tongue and lips logo of Rolling Stone Records, which was originally designed by John Pasche in 1970.
16. Mick Jagger originally told Pasche to copy the outstuck tongue of the Hindu goddess Kali, but once Pasche saw Kali, he changed his mind.
17. In Spain, the original cover was censored by the Franco regime and replaced with a can of fingers cover, which was also designed by John Pasche and Phil Jude. The song “Sister Morphine” was also replaced by a live version of Chuck Berry’s “Let It Rock.”
18. In 1992, the LP release of the album in Russia had a similar treatment as the original cover, but with Cyrillic lettering for the band name and album name, a colourised picture of blue jeans with a zipper, and a Soviet Army uniform belt buckle that shows a hammer and sickle inscribed in a star. Also, the model seems to be female.
19. Sticky Fingers hit the number 1 spot on the British charts in May, 1971, and it remained there for 4 weeks before returning at number 1 for another week in June.
20. In 1994, Sticky Fingers was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records. The remaster was initially released in a Collector’s Edition CD, which replicated many elements of the original vinyl album packaging, including the zipper.
21. In June, 2015, the Rolling Stones reissued Sticky Fingers in a variety of formats to coincide with a new concert tour called the Zip Code Tour.