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Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band\'s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band\'s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor\'s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.
The album is often regarded as one of the Stones\' best, achieving triple platinum certification in the US. It contains songs such as the chart-topping \"Brown Sugar\", the country ballad \"Wild Horses\", the Latin-inspired \"Can\'t You Hear Me Knocking\", and the sweeping ballad \"Moonlight Mile\".
The album\'s artwork emphasises the suggestive innuendo of the Sticky Fingers title, showing a close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch with the visible outline of a large penis; the cover of the original (vinyl) release featured a working zipper and mock belt buckle that opened to reveal cotton briefs. The vinyl release displayed the band\'s name and album title along the image of the belt; behind the zipper the white briefs were seemingly rubber stamped in gold with the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol, below which read \"THIS PHOTOGRAPH MAY NOT BE—ETC.\" While the artwork was conceived by Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.
The cover photo of a male model\'s crotch clad in tight blue jeans was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger, but the people actually involved at the time of the photo shoot claim that Warhol had several different men photographed (Jagger was not among them) and never revealed which shots he used. Among the candidates, Jed Johnson, Warhol\'s lover at the time, denied it was his likeness, although his twin brother Jay is a possibility. Those closest to the shoot, and subsequent design, name Factory artist and designer Corey Tippin as the likeliest candidate. Warhol \"superstar\" Joe Dallesandro claims to have been the model.
After retailers complained that the zipper was causing damage to the vinyl (from stacked shipments of the record), the zipper was \"unzipped\" slightly to the middle of the record, where damage would be minimised.
The album features the first usage of the band\'s \"tongue & lips\" logo, which was originally designed by Ernie Cefalu. Although Ernie\'s version was used for much of the merchandising and was the design originally shown to the band by Craig Braun, the design used for the album was illustrated by John Pasche.
In 2003, the TV network VH1 named Sticky Fingers the \"No. 1 Greatest Album Cover\" of all time.