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Baby From Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Recreates Iconic Album Cover 25 Years Later

John Chapple

Nirvana released their seminal album Nevermind on September 24, 1991, which means over the weekend, the release turned 25.

Something else turned 25 this weekend, too — the baby on the album’s famous cover. Spencer Elden was just four months old when he unknowingly became part of this iconic image. For the 25th anniversary, the millennial decided to recreate the album cover with photographer John Chapple

It’s amazing what 25 years will do to a person.


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Elden originally wanted to recreate the image exactly, which meant he’d have to shoot in the nude. Apparently, Chapple thought that wouldn’t be the best idea so he donned some swim trunks.

“I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” he told the New York Post.

Elden and his parents had no idea they’d be part of history when they were given $200 for the modeling job. According to Elden, his parents knew who Nirvana were but weren’t into grunge. His dad was attending art school at the time and would help out friends with their creative projects. This album cover happened to be one of those projects.

“…The photographer Kirk Weddle called him and said, ‘Do you want to make some money today and throw your kid in the pool?’ And he agreed. My parents took me down there, apparently they blew in my face to stimulate my gag reflex, dunked me in, took some pictures, and pulled me out. And that was it. They were paid $200 and went to eat tacos afterwards. No big deal,’ Elden said in a 2015 Guardian interview.

Elden is proud of his work — as proud as you could be for being four months old at the time — and is excited about the anniversary.

“The anniversary means something to me. It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it became this really iconic image,” he said.

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