The Baby from Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Cover Recreated the Classic Image 25 Years Later

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The Cover Art for 'Nevermind' by Nirvana
CREDIT: DGC Records/John Chapple
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It’s an image that’s as much a part of ‘90s history as John Travolta playing Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction or O.J. Simpson trying on that glove in court: an adorable baby chasing a dollar on a hook on the cover of Nirvana’s album Nevermind. On Saturday (Sept. 24, 2016), that album turned 25! To commemorate the occasion, a original photographer tracked down the star of the classic cover art to recreate the image.

Spencer Elden, now 25, posed for photographer John Chapple underwater, in effect reliving the photo that’s now a part of rock ‘n’ roll history.

“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.

“The anniversary means something to me,” he continued. “It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was 4 months old and it became this really iconic image… It’s cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don’t even remember.”