More than 17 years ago, when he was still an infant, Spencer Elden’s parents dropped him into a swimming pool in California, where underwater photographer Kirk Weddle was waiting to snap an entire roll of film of the naked, buoyant baby. The picture was later used as the cover image for Nevermind, the second studio LP from a little rock band out of Seattle called Nirvana.
Now, 17-year-old Elden is a high school student, who told MTV News last year that “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.”
Elden recently re-created the iconic album’s cover in the same pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, California, where it was originally shot — only this time, he was wearing shorts. It remains unclear as to why Elden decided to shoot this new photo.
Elden’s parents were paid just $200 for allowing him to be photographed back in 1991. But last year, Elden told us that being the Nirvana baby has its perks. He references it when trying to pick up ladies, he said: “I have to use stupid pickup lines like, ’You want to see my p—s … again?’ ” But it’s also led to some strange encounters as well. He was once invited to swim in a rather wealthy woman’s pool for the mere fact that he was the Nirvana baby. Another time, he even met “Weird Al” Yankovic, who famously lampooned the cover on his 1992 disc, Off the Deep End.
“I ran into him when I was going to do a TV interview,” Elden said. “He was in the hallway, and he actually signed the back of my platinum record.”