Music Meme - The Iconic “Tongue” logo – forever synonymous with the band – was designed by art student John Pasche in 1970, after the band became frustrated by designs provided by their label Decca, which they saw as bland.The logo was commissioned for £50, but The Rolling Stones were so pleased with the design they gave Pasche a bonus of £200. The logo first appeared on their 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’, and has featured alongside the band’s material ever since and is arguably the world’s most famous rock logo.
The inspiration for the eventual logo, which took Pasche around two weeks of work, has never been in doubt, Pashe said, “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”.