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What better way to welcome new guitarist Mick Taylor and celebrate starting your own record company than coming up with one of the most memorably direct album sleeves of all time? Second only to John Pasche’s Lips and Tongue logo , Sticky Fingers’ giant nob in denim is as savvy a coporate ad as you could come across. Plus, it still straddles avant and mainstream as well now as it ever did.

The insert sleeve featured the first ever use of the tongue logo and showed the lads in all their 1971 funny trousers and velour pants glory. Like the cover, there’s no fluff – just the logo once, one photo and some credits.
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Conceptualised by Andy Warhol and designed by Craig Braun , it’s trashy, bold, genuine and stark- a perfect representative for the records contents and, let’s face it, everyone has at some point assumed that’s Mick Jaggers’ tockley on the front.

I’m not 100% , but apparently it’s either Warhol regular Joe Dallesandro or Braun’s photographic assistant Jed Johnson in the photo but who cares? Not me. When your album is this good you can put your dick where you like.

The Spanish government in 1971 apparently did, however and refused to release the album (even with a working zipper and a fetching pair of briefs beneath) so the stones and spanish label Hispavox came up with this -

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Spain

For me the tinned fingers , serrated edges and creepy treacle is just as scary as the giant wee-wee – again tho’, composition wise, it’s a highpoint of stones’ artwork. Conceptually it plays out like something from Burgo’s catchphrase, it’s violent, funny, simple and a little stomach turning but it’s the balance of dumb and brilliant that make it more the latter.

No Me Oyes Llamar?

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers

sticky front

sticky back

What better way to welcome new guitarist Mick Taylor and celebrate starting your own record company than coming up with one of the most memorably direct album sleeves of all time? Second only to John Pasche’s Lips and Tongue logo , Sticky Fingers’ giant nob in denim is as savvy a coporate ad as you could come across. Plus, it still straddles avant and mainstream as well now as it ever did.

The insert sleeve featured the first ever use of the tongue logo and showed the lads in all their 1971 funny trousers and velour pants glory. Like the cover, there’s no fluff – just the logo once, one photo and some credits.
insert sticky

Conceptualised by Andy Warhol and designed by Craig Braun , it’s trashy, bold, genuine and stark- a perfect representative for the records contents and, let’s face it, everyone has at some point assumed that’s Mick Jaggers’ tockley on the front.

I’m not 100% , but apparently it’s either Warhol regular Joe Dallesandro or Braun’s photographic assistant Jed Johnson in the photo but who cares? Not me. When your album is this good you can put your dick where you like.

The Spanish government in 1971 apparently did, however and refused to release the album (even with a working zipper and a fetching pair of briefs beneath) so the stones and spanish label Hispavox came up with this -

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Spain

For me the tinned fingers , serrated edges and creepy treacle is just as scary as the giant wee-wee – again tho’, composition wise, it’s a highpoint of stones’ artwork. Conceptually it plays out like something from Burgo’s catchphrase, it’s violent, funny, simple and a little stomach turning but it’s the balance of dumb and brilliant that make it more the latter.

No Me Oyes Llamar?





10 Comments

  1. Spot on. Isn’t it amazing how the guardians of Spain’s moral wellbeing thought the ‘treacle tin’ picture was less ‘offensive’ than Warhol’s brilliant original. Speaking as a person who suffers from an irrational fear of opening a tin of treacle and finding a dismembered hand in it, I can safely say that I was so offended by this image that, although I am a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, I purposely avoid going to Spain to buy copies of “Sticky Fingers”

    (Just jokin’ of course. This site is superb. Brilliant work.)

  2. thanks noonan – i’m stabbing in the dark and generalising wildly here but the spanish mainstream seem to be more tolerant of gothic and grotesque than overtly sexual stuff – then again you can show a dead body at 8:00pm on CSI or DMV or whatever but damned if yr gonna see a set of pubes at that time of night- amazing what offends people…

  3. To Dan on 8/19/07..Lenny Bruce said obscenity is not the picture of a naked woman..its a picture of a 45 to someone’s head

  4. Also, I guess it’s OK to run a dictatorship and kill and imprison innocent people like Franco did, but don’t show tight trousers.

    what a strange world.

  5. It’s weird seeing the Stone’s cover be condemned in Spain before something like this comes along.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matando_G%C3%BCeros

  6. But that cover is mexican, not spanish.

  7. Hey, come on. You can’t compare the artwork of an album releashed in the ninetys (from a band supposed to be mexican) to a cover from 1971, when our glorious and unbeaten dictator (note the irony) was still alive and kicking… Things have changed nowadays fortunately in Spain. Still I dig both covers!

    Kuddos on the site.
    Lolo

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