The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers not only features some of their very best songs, it is also the album that features concept artwork by Andy Warhol. The original vinyl sleeve features a real working zipper, and friends, that’s just what we have here today.
Am I bragging that I have the first edition of this album? You’re damn right I am. Though my sleeve may not be in the best condition – the zipper is partially disconnected from the cardboard and the sleeve edges are worn – the record itself is still in perfect playing condition. It makes me wish I had a better turntable.
Sticky Fingers is also the first Stones album to use the lips and tongue logo, and it’s the first release from the band under Rolling Stones Records, which was a division of Atlantic. Previously, the band had been contractually tied to Decca, and the 1970s now had them embarking on a new musical era. They’d become a little less baby-faced and a lot more cocaine-fueled.
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
You Gotta Move
Though I love “Brown Sugar,” and I have a fondness for “Wild Horses,” – for some reason, cover versions of the song tend to win me over instead – “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” is my favorite from Side One. The first time I remember really paying attention to the song was when it was featured in the 2001 Johnny Depp/Penelope Cruz film, Blow. I love the guitar riff, its length, and the very jam-like nature of it all.
I Got The Blues
For Side Two, I think I’d pick “I Got The Blues” as my favorite, just for the contrast to the swagger in “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.”
In the silk sheet of time
I will find peace of mind
Love is a bed full of blues
I’ve never been a massive Stones fan, but of course I do like them. It would be very strange if I didn’t like them, considering my adoration of so many other varieties British rock. When it comes to Sticky Fingers, I dig the Warhol connections, the bluesy and soulful ramble of the music, and the unapologetic sexuality throughout. This isn’t the only Rolling Stones album I own, but I think it might be my favorite.