The swimming naked baby from the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind re-enacted the image for the iconic album’s 25th anniversary.
However, this time, he wore swimming trunks.
Now 25, Spencer Elden wanted to go naked for the photo, but photographer John Chapple thought some clothing would work better. Elden recently told the New York Post that the 25th anniversary of Nevermind was very important to him.
“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.
In 1991, photographer Kirk Weddle approached Elden’s parents to see if he could use baby Spencer in a photoshoot for a little known band at the time. The shoot lasted only 15 seconds, and the Eldens were paid $200 for their efforts. The dollar bill attached to a fish hook was digitally added later.
Earlier in September, photographer John Chapple paid Spencer $200 to do it again. The new image was shot in a lap pool in the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, California.
Elden did this once before for the 15th anniversary in 2011.
According to Kurt Cobain, the idea for the album cover came from watching a TV show on water births with Dave Grohl. After mentioning it to Geffen, the record company thought a water birth would be too graphic for an album cover, and settled on photographing a baby swimming in water.
Nevermind turned 25 on Saturday and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, including over a million in Canada.