Sticky Fingers is the ninth studio album (eleventh American album) by The Rolling Stones, released in 1971. The album is notable for its cover, designed by painter Andy Warhol. Historically, its important for being the first release on Rolling Stone Records and Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album (and of course the first not to feature founding member Brian Jones at all). Hits and fan favourites include "Brown Sugar", "Wild Horses", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking", "Bitch", and "Sister Morphine".
It's widely considered to be one of the Stones' best, along with Aftermath from 1966, Beggars Banquet from 1968, Let It Bleed from 1969, Exile on Main St. from 1972 and Some Girls from 1978. It was listed at #64 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, and Time magazine included it in their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.
- "Brown Sugar" (3:48)
- "Sway" (3:50)
- "Wild Horses" (5:42)
- "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (7:14)
- "You Gotta Move" (2:32)
- "Bitch" (3:38)
- "I Got the Blues" (3:54)
- "Sister Morphine" (5:31)
- "Dead Flowers" (4:03)
- "Moonlight Mile" (5:56)
- Mick Jagger - lead vocals, guitar, percussion
- Keith Richards - guitar, vocals
- Mick Taylor - guitar
- Charlie Watts - drums
- Bill Wyman - bass, piano
Can't You Hear Me Troping?:
- Album Single: "Brown Sugar"/"Bitch" and "Wild Horses"/"Sway".
- Alliterative Title: "Moonlight Mile".
- Anti-Love Song: "Dead Flowers", about a girl named little Susie, whom the protagonist clearly despises:Take me down, little Susie, take me downI know you think you're the queen of the undergroundAnd you can send me dead flowers every morningSend me dead flowers by the mailSend me dead flowers to my weddingAnd I won't forget to put roses on your grave
- Badass Boast: "Sway"It's just that demon life has got me in its sway
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: "Brown Sugar". It was written with Mick Jagger's secret girlfriend, Marsha Hunt in mind, who was also mother of his first child Karis. The song describes a black girl of slave origin who is described as "brown sugar, tasting good as a black girl should".
- Blues: "You Gotta Move", a stylistically very faithful blues cover.
- Break-Up Song: "I Got the Blues"Every night you've been awayI've sat down and I have prayedThat you're safe in the arms of a guyWho will bring you aliveWon't drag you down with abuseIn the silk sheet of time
- Cover Version: "You Gotta Move", a negro spiritual.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover was designed by Andy Warhol and the artists at the Factory. On the original LP (and some re-releases), a real life zipper could be pulled down.
- Drugs Are Bad: Despite the Ode to Intoxication nature of the song, "Sister Morphine" also notes that the narrator will be dead in the morning.
- Epic Rocking: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is over seven minutes, and "Moonlight Mile" very nearly qualifies at just a hair under six.
- Grief Song: "You Gotta Move", which informs us that eventually everyone has to die at one point.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: "Bitch"
- Intercourse with You: "Bitch", "Brown Sugar", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" are all lustful songs.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "I Got the Blues" has elements of this.Every night you've been awayI've sat down and I have prayedThat you're safe in the arms of a guyWho will bring you aliveWon't drag you down with abuse
- John Barleycorn and Friends: "Sister Morphine", which is actually a song about lying in a hospital bed drugged up:Here I lie in my hospital bedTell me, Sister Morphine, when are you coming round again?
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Brown Sugar", an upbeat song about slave rape on American cotton plantations.
- Made a Slave: "Brown Sugar"Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fieldsSold in a market down in New OrleansScarred old slaver knows he's doing alrightHear him whip the women just around midnight
- Minimalistic Cover Art: A close-up of a pair of jeans around the crotch area.
- Misogyny Song:
Brown sugar how come you taste so good, baby?Ah, brown sugar just like a young girl should, yeahI said yeah, yeah, yeah, wooHow come you...how come you taste so good?Yeah, yeah, yeah, wooJust like a...just like a black girl shouldYeah, yeah, yeah, woo
- "Brown Sugar", about a black woman who apparently was of slave origin too.
My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum, alrightYeah, you got to mix it childYou got to fix it, but love, it's a bitch, alright
- "Bitch" is often thought to be one, also because it's about a woman, but its title actually comes from this line, making it much more of an Anti-Love Song:
- Obsession Song: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?", where the protagonist is asking a woman whether she hears him knockin'?Can't you hear me knockin', yeah, throw me down the keysAlright nowHear me ringing big bell tollsHear me singing soft and lowI've been begging on my kneesI've been kickin', help me pleaseHear me prowlin'
- Ode to Intoxication:
With a head full of snow
- "Moonlight Mile" references cocaine.
Well, when you're sitting back in your rose pink CadillacMaking bets on Kentucky Derby DayAh, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon
- "Dead Flowers" references heroin.
Please, Sister Morphine, turn my nightmares into dreamsOh, can't you see I'm fading fast?And that this shot will be my lastSweet Cousin Cocaine, lay your cool cool hand on my headAh, come on, Sister Morphine, you better make up my bed'Cause you know and I know in the morning I'll be dead
- "Sister Morphine"
- One-Woman Song: "Sister Morphine", "Bitch"
- One-Word Title: "Bitch", "Sway".
- Packaged as Other Medium: The cover looks like a pair of pants, complete with a real zipper on the original LP.
- Product Placement: "Dead Flowers" mentions a rose pink Cadillac.
- Refrain from Assuming: The album cover is not a close-up of Mick Jagger's crotch in tight jeans.
- "Bitch" has the line "I salivate like a Pavlov dog", which is a reference to the experiments of Ivan Pavlov who tested conditioned reflexes, by ringing a bell every time the dogs were fed. At a certain point, ringing the bell was enough to make the dogs salivate, even when there was no food given to them.
- Gotlib once spoofed the album cover: 
- Beth Hart's "Sister Heroine", about the sister she lost to a drug overdose, is likely a shout-out to "Sister Morphine".
- Something Blues: "I Got The Blues".
- Song Style Shift: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking".
- Sticky Fingers: Implied in the title.
- Stylistic Suck: The Stones evidently intended "Dead Flowers" to sound like a drunken singalong. Which it definitely does. Quite a contrast to the album's other country song, "Wild Horses", which is played completely sincerely.