Hot Lips

By: sonofabeach96

Mar 26 2016

Category: Uncategorized


There’s some debate on when the Tongue and Lips logo first appeared, and eventually became synonymous with The Rolling Stones.  Some info says it was on this date, in 1971, on VIP passes for a show at The Marquee Club in London.  Some claim its first appearance was on the album sleeve and label of Sticky Fingers, released in April of 1971.    I’ll go ahead with posting this today, based on the notion that the Tongue and Lips appeared initially on this date.

No matter which is accurate, it’s undeniable that this logo is one of the most recognizable in rock history.  It was designed by a graphic artist named John Pasche, who’s done poster work for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, and The Who, to name a few, and continued creating album and sleeve artwork for countless bands.  But the Tongue and Lips is probably his most famous piece of work.

Some thought it was designed by Andy Warhol, but that’s not the case.  Warhol designed the cover of Sticky Fingers, but not the Tongue and Lips.  Mick Jagger commissioned the work for £50 and it took two weeks to create.  The Stones’members liked it so much that they gave him £200 instead.   Jagger had suggested using the outstretched tongue of the Hindu goddess Kali, but once Pasche saw pics of Kali, he changed directions.  Pasche says Jagger himself became the inspiration for his final design:


“I wanted something anti-authority, but I suppose the mouth idea came from when I met Mick Jagger for the first time at the Stones’ offices. I went into this sort of wood-panelled boardroom and there he was. Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth”.

The original drawing was sold to a London museum for nearly £93,000.


So, no matter which story is true, about the coming out of one the most iconic logos in the world, The Rolling Stones made a sound investment and have gotten mega-return on that £200.  In August of 2008, the Tongue and Lips was voted Greatest Band Logo of All-Time by readers of an on-line poll, and I’d think you’d be hard pressed to find many people who couldn’t associate the logo with the Stones.  And, c’mon, who among us, over a certain age, didn’t have this logo on a tee-shirt, poster, or notebook?  It’s iconic and certainly a huge piece of rock history.  So Happy Birthday to you, Tongue and Lips!

My songs of the day are:

Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones

In Any Tongue” by David Gilmour

Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones

Teeth” by Cage the Elephant

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Rolling Stones

Words Right Out Of My Mouth” by Janes Addiction

Moonlight Mile” by The Rolling Stones

Say It” by Houndmouth

30 comments on “Hot Lips”

  1. I’ve never been a big Stones fan, but Wild Horses is one of my favorite songs. 🙂

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  2. It is a good thing they did not run with Kali’s tongue. Sometimes it can run into controversy because of the Goddess association. Rock history was saved!

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  3. Sticky Fingers is one of the few vinyl albums I kept after converting to cd and now digital downloads. My main reason was the cover! I don’t even have a turn table to play it on. 😜

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  4. I sure remember it well. My friend’s older sister had this logo in their groovy basement.

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  5. Still my favorite t-shirt and I swear I’ll fit into it again! Someday…

    Sent from my iPad


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  6. This is such a famous symbol for sure!

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  7. And to get to play in Cuba…all these years later after there music was banned….pretty amazing for them….great post…kat

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  8. I am kind of trying to not snicker that that picture is sold for so much, then again I don’t even have a job so…. lol

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  9. Its probably just me but when I see it all I think of is the lips from Rocky Horror


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