4/23/1971: The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers


1971 – The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” Hit No. 1  U.S. – The Story of the zip artwork.

1971: a breking album comes out  with artwork for the cover was create by Andy Warhol. Which consisted of a zipper that when unzipped revealed an image of Jo D’allesandro’s Privates in some briefs and tight jeans. Fan frenzy proceeded believing that the image was really Mic Jagger’s… Oh the humanity. Mic You’re such a tease. Also on the album is the “Tounge and Lip” trademarked design by John Pasche which has become the Rolling Stones Icon.

“Brown Sugar” launches the record with its quintessential blues-rock riff and lyrics that get more questionable the closer you listen (Jagger has since said it was a bit of a wind-up, “all the nasty subjects in one go”). But words were secondary for the band at this point—Sticky Fingers is about melody, and playing, and style. The Stones were always fascinated with American music, but after the death of Brian Jones in 1969 and their move away from psychedelia, their connection to blues, R&B, and country music grew even more intense  (Pitchfork)1971 rolling stones

On the cover of Sticky Fingers, all we get is the shot of a man’s crotch, albeit covered by jeans. And like the stickers used by the Velvet Underground to reveal a surprise underneath, the original pressing of Sticky Fingers came with an actual functioning zipper. When pulled down, it allegedly revealed numerous things, but in truth it looks on to the inside cover of a man’s briefs. Whereas the banana sticker was a manufacturing nightmare for the Velvet Underground and MGM, the zipper was later abandoned by the Rolling Stones due to damage being caused to vinyl shipments upon the album’s release. Typically, vinyl orders were stacked and shipped, the weight of the albums causing the zipper to dig into the vinyl. Needless to say, there were many customers who weren’t too pleased about the dent that made them miss out on the opening cords of “Brown Sugar.” (Esquire.com)

On their North American tour, the Rolling Stones are performing the eclectic ‘Moonlight Mile.’ Mick Jagger recalls a song inspired by being on the road and longing for home.Fans have long speculated about the song’s meaning.

For the first time in years, the Rolling Stones are performing “Moonlight Mile” at arenas during their 15-city North American “Zip Code” concert tour. Written by Mick Jagger in 1970, the eclectic road song closed “Sticky Fingers,” the band’s 1971 album, which is being reissued on June 9 by Universal as a two-CD set with bonus material.

Dismissing decades of speculation that the song’s lyrics contain references to cocaine, Jagger says now that “Moonlight Mile” was actually inspired by nothing more than the boredom and loneliness he felt traveling from gig to gig on tour. “I wrote some of the early lyrics to ‘Moonlight Mile’ in a songbook I carried around when we were on tour in the summer of 1970. I was growing road-weary and homesick then,” he recalled. “I’m sure the idea for the song first came to me one night while we were on a train and the moon was out.”

While the title may have been inspired by actual moonlight, Jagger says he resisted getting too literal with his lyrics — and in fact, didn’t even entertain thoughts of recording the song for quite awhile. “Sometimes you don’t want to record what you’re writing,” he pointed out. “You think, ‘This isn’t worth recording, this is just my doodling.’”

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1970’s Top 100 Best Selling Albums Worldwide:


1Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water – 1970

2Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – 1977

3Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever – 1978

4Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon – 1973

5Led Zeppelin – Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin 4) – 1971

6Pink Floyd – The Wall – 1979

7Eagles – Hotel California – 1976

8The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers – 1971

9Grease: The Original Soundtrack – 1978

10Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – 1975

11Neil Young – Harvest – 1972

12John Lennon – Imagine – 1971

13The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street – 1972

14Supertramp – Breakfast In America – 1979

15Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life – 1976

16Carole King – Tapestry – 1971

17The Beatles – Let It Be – 1970

18Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy – 1973

19Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – 1973

20Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu – 1970

21Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 3 – 1970

22Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – 1979

23Wings – Band On The Run – 1974

24Queen – A Night At The Opera – 1975

25George Harrison – All Things Must Pass – 1970

26Deep Purple – Machine Head – 1972

27Santana – Abraxas – 1970

28Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti – 1975

29Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell – 1977

30The Who – Who’s Next – 1971

31Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run – 1975

32Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks – 1975

33Bob Dylan – Desire – 1976

34The Beatles  – The Beatles 1967-1970 – 1973

35Abba – Arrival – 1976

36Billy Joel – 52nd Street – 1978

37Janis Joplin – Pearl – 1971

38Andrew Lloyd Webber – Jesus Christ Superstar – 1971

39The Beatles – The Beatles 1962-1966 – 1973

40Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory –


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