Nirvana‘s ‘Nevermind’ was released on September 24 1991, marking this weekend as it’s 25th anniversary.
The album cover features an infant Spencer Elden, who has recreated the pose for the album’s anniversary. Elden – who is now 25 years old – jumped into a pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, California, with the photo taken by John Chapple.
“I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” Elden told the New York Post. You can see the anniversary image below.
Spencer Elden, the baby on Nirvana's Nevermind, recreates album cover 25 years later. pic.twitter.com/EpvzhtDcvC
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He continued to tell the New York Post, “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
Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Elden said “I don’t think my parents really gave my taking part in this shoot too much thought. They knew who Nirvana were, but weren’t really into the grunge scene. I was four months old and my dad was attending art school at the time, and his friends would often ask for help with their projects.”
He continued, “so his friend 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.”