When asked about their favorite Nirvana record, almost everybody, including yours trully, will fermly reply “Nevermind.” Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, Come As You Are etc. One of the most influencial album of the last 20 years, nonetheless.
Besides it’s music, Nevermind is also famous for the notorious baby in a swimming pool, chasing a one dollar bill. Kurt Cobain had a thing for subtle representations of society’s gaps. Anyway, I just recently found out that the respective baby’s name, now almost a grown adult, is Spencer Elder, a 17 year old high school student.
That little snapshot from so long ago, apparently, brought him a lot of fame, as well as an uber ego. When interviewed about how the Nirvana cover affected his life, Spencer replied: “it’s kind of creepy [to think] that that many people have seen me naked — I feel like I’m the world’s biggest porn star.” Yeah, kid, just look at that little pecker.
Recently Spencer returned to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, California where the original cover was shot, and made another shot, in the same conditions, only this time he wear shorts! Elden’s parents were paid just $200 for allowing him to be photographed back in 1991.
He also did the same thing five years ago, when he recreated the photo back in 2003. See the Rolling Stone article from back then. Anyone else thinks this guy is a bit too cocky? I mean he posed (in nude, tho. Gotta give him credit.) for a cover art, that even without his consent or consciousness for that matter, and now he feels like the king pin. Macaulay Culkin, anyone?