Sticky Fingers is the ninth album by one of the most influential rock groups of all time, The Rolling Stones. Sticky Fingers was released in 1971 and it’s the first release on the Rolling Stones’ own label, Rolling Stones Records. Sticky Fingers was also the first Rolling Stones album that did not feature Brian Jones, the founding guitarist who drowned in his swimming pool in 1969.
The legendary cover of the original album release featured a notorious metal zipper (a real one!) which destroyed huge amounts of vinyl and record covers when placed in a pile. The artwork for the cover was conceived by Andy Warhol. The cover photo was photographed by Billy Name and it featured a close up of Joe Dallesandro’s crotch clad in tight-fitting blue jeans. Joseph Dallesandro is an American actor generally considered as one of the most famous male sex symbols of the 20th century.
Because of the controversial cover image as well as the metal zipper causing all kinds of problems Sticky Fingers was released with alternative covers in Russia:
and in Spain:
The opening track and lead single from Sticky Fingers was Brown Sugar and it reached No.1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK. Brown Sugar has since become a classic play in rock radio in just about every country of the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Brown Sugar at number 490 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
VH1 TV-network named Sticky Fingers the No. 1 Greatest Album Cover of all time. On Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Sticky Fingers was listed at number 63.