Spencer Elden pays his own kind of tribute to one of the greatest albums ever
Cai Trefor
18:02 25th September 2016

Nirvana’s Nevermind is now 25 years old.

The iconic album cover features infant Spencer Elden underwater unable to breathe going after money on a fish hook.

To commemorate the seminal rock album's anniversary, Elden recreated the image as his 25 year old self at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, California, with the photo taken by John Chapple. This follows recreations of the famous photo for Nevermind’s 10th anniversary in 2001, its 17th in 2008, and its 20th in 2011.

"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.

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

“My nickname is Nirvana Baby,” Elden told Vimeo in 2009. “That's because I'm the baby on the front of the Nirvana album. It's kind of a fun fact about me I guess – everyone in the world has seen my penis.”


Explaining how it came about, he added: “My parents were going to art school with a photographer Kirk Weddle so they kind of supported him.

“He kind of got this portfolio together of underwater photography and his first big job was this Nirvana baby shoot.

“He called up my dad and said 'I've got my first big shoot and they're paying me to take this baby underwater and I don't have a baby', well I was just born so they took me down to the local pool and threw me in.”

Elden’s Dad explained his version of events to NPR: "[He] calls us up and was like, 'Hey Rick, wanna make 200 bucks and throw your kid in the drink?,'" Rick recounts. "I was like, 'What's up?' And he's like, 'Well, I'm shooting kids all this week, why don't you meet me at the Rose Bowl, throw your kid in the drink?' And we just had a big party at the pool, and no one had any idea what was going on!"