Lick these Sticky Fingers
April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sticky Fingers, 1971
It was brought to my attention by a dear friend, whose a super hip rock chick, (Pin-Up Goddess extraordinaire to be exact) that one of my favorite albums is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month. The Rolling Stones released their first bluesy album, entitled Sticky Fingers in April of 1971. Not only is this record sexy and controversial, it was one of the first vinyl albums I actually hunted for. The songs on Sticky Fingers are just mystifyingly beautiful, but I wanted that zippered front! The burgeoning 70s was a time of mass self expression; the counter culture was still basking in the Summer of Love’s glow. But even this cover left a wake of wagging tongues and goggly eyes, not in the good way…
As you can see, the bulging crotch leaves little to the imagination…
Finding this album, with the vinyl intact and a working zipper was honestly a quest. I was at the height of my Rolling Stone’s phase and wanted so desperately to own this unbelievably cool piece of rock history. I searched all over Toronto, in Value Villages far & wide and even considered buying an overpriced version on eBay. You’ll never believe where I found this…Kingston, f**king, Ontario! Whilst visiting my kid sister (she studied at Queens), I went into Brian’s Record Option and found it amongst the overflowing stacks of wax. Scored it for a cool $10 too! I’m actually going up to Wolf Island for a yoga retreat this weekend (yes, I’m one of those) and once all the Om’s have been uttered I’m heading over to Brian’s for some crate digging.
Back to the Stones…
Under this zipper led to more surprises in the form of cotton briefs with the rubber stamp “THIS PHOTOGRAPH MAY NOT BE-ETC.” Warhol conceived the artwork, not sure if many know that, but it undeniably smacks of him. This cover was so cheeky, that the back of the album displays a tight, jean-clad bum. FYI – the crotch was not Jagger’s as many believed it to be. Being the sneaky creep that he was, Warhol actually photographed a variety of his factory fellas, never revealing whose crotch bared the bulge.
It was also the first time the band used their infamous ruby lips and tongue combo; a tribute to the Hindu Goddess Kalima. In 2003, VH1 named Sticky Fingers the “No. 1 Greatest Album Cover” of all time. Whatever that means…From masterpieces such as Brown Sugar, Moonlight Mile, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking and my favorite, Wild Horses, this album is a jewel in my crown.
p.s. Just adore Keith in this ♥