Andy Earhole

Honey, where’s the can opener?

So today – and yesterday – we will all be running to the record store I guess, because the official worldwide rerelease of the Rolling Stones’ masterpiece Sticky Fingers is now a fact. Also the rare Spanish cover version gets a rerelease. In Spain, at that time under Franco regime, the Warhol zipper-cover was forbidden because it was thought to be obscene. The alternative cover is not a Warhol cover, but… isn’t it? The design of fingers in a can, covered with a sticky sauce, was done by John Pasche. Who by the way also was the designer of the fabulous Rolling Stones tongue logo, which was used for the very first time on the Sticky Fingers album. Photography was done by Phil Jude.

Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. Spain, 1971

It’s interesting to compare this cover with a series of drawings Warhol did in 1962, with a Campbell’s soup can and a can opener. This gets even more interesting when you hold the 1976 compilation LP Can Opener, by the Krautrock band Can, next to the Warhol drawing. A beautiful Warhol homage.

1962 soup can drawing on the cover of ‘Andy Warhol – Drawings 1942-1987’, Mark Francis, Bulfinch Press, 1999

Can – Opener. Sunset Records, 1976

The last cover in this post has nothing to with Warhol at all, but somehow I like to keep these three albums together. The 1968 debut album of the British bluesband Chicken Shack has canned fingers on the cover, but no can opener in sight. Title of this album is 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve. It’s a great album. One of the band members is Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie.

Chicken Shack – 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve. Blue Horizon, UK, 1968