Being the naked swimming baby on the cover of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album has advantages and disadvantages, according to Spencer Elden, who at 17 is still famous for the photo.
“It’s kind of creepy that that many people have seen me naked,” Elden tells MTV.com. “I feel like I’m the world’s biggest porn star.”
Elden still does radio and occasional TV appearances based on his celebrity, which he is sometimes paid for – and being known as the Nirvana Baby comes in handy with the ladies. “I have to use stupid pickup lines like, ‘You want to see my penis … again,'” he says.
While others are impressed with his fame, Elden says it was never a big deal to him. “It’s kind of cool, knowing that I’ve been on an album cover, but I feel pretty normal about it because growing up, I’ve always known I was the Nirvana baby,” he tells the Web site. “It never really struck me as like, ‘Oh, s— – that’s me on the cover.”
As for how the photo came about, Elden’s parents had never heard of Nirvana, but after his father graduated from art school, “The first gig he got was the Nirvana album, and he needed a baby. So they just threw me in the pool, snapped a whole roll of film in like a second, and that’s how it happened.”
Elden has never met any member of the band – and his parents were paid just $200 for allowing their son to be photographed. But he’s had a platinum record for Nevermind hanging in his room since he was a kid, and he’s met a few famous people, like “Weird Al” Yankovic, who famously spoofed the cover on his own album, Off the Deep End.
For his future, Elden, who is about to enter his junior year of high school in Southern California, doesn’t have any rock star ambitions. Instead he’d like to be an airline pilot.