The Rolling Stones had already sold more than two million copies of Some Girls, when EMI ran into legal issues with the sleeve. It was reported that Raquel Welch and Lucille Ball both objected to being on the cover. Also pictured were Farrah Fawcett, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.
They may have remembered the notoriety the Rolling Stones gained with the S/M campaign for Black and Blue two years earlier. Keith Richards' heroin bust in Canada and Mick Jagger's affair with Canadian first lade Margaret Trudeau were both more recently in the news.
While the objections were made in the US, EMI halted worldwide production of the album. The album was quickly re-issued with a redesigned cover that removed all the celebrities (except George Harrison). The celebrity images were replaced with black and punk style garish colours with the phrase Pardon our appearance – cover under re-construction