Sticky Fingers review

Week 8.

Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed and Exile on Main St were an incredible run of albums released by The Rolling Stones at the end of the 60’s and early 70’s.

My personal favourite is Exile, but lately I’ve been listening to Sticky Fingers which is commonly viewed as The Stones at the height of their powers. Recording for the album began in ’69 before the Altamont disaster with tracks like ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘You Gotta Move’.

The album sees the band returning to blues, R&B, and country music influences, stepping away from their more psychedelic experimentations. Their early material was their interpretation/tribute to the American artists, whereas this album feels much more like them living the songs.

This was the first full Stones album without Brian Jones. His replacement, guitarist Mick Taylor had an obvious impact on the sound of The Stones and the album as a whole.

The album was packaged with the close up shot of a jean clad male crotch. The idea came from Andy Warhol and was delivered by Craig Braun. The artwork was deliberatly quite provocative to accompany the suggestive title ‘Sticky Fingers’. Many fans assume the shot is of Jagger, however the true model is actually unkown. Original pressings of the album release featured a working fly, but these were later found to be damaging the vinyl inside so had to be ‘unzipped’ to minimise damage.

This was also the Stones album to be branded with the now iconic ‘tongue & lips’ logo so synonymous with the band.

Sean Egan has said of the logo:

“Without using the Stones’ name, it instantly conjures them, or at least Jagger, as well as a certain lasciviousness that is the Stones’ own … It quickly and deservedly became the most famous logo in the history of popular music.”

Some music from this week

  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings Father John Misty
  • Only God Knows (feat. Leith Congregational Choir) Young Fathers
  • What You Want Sheer Mag
  • Modern Act Cloud Nothings
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