Photo: John Chapple

Remember when Nirvana’s Nevermind came out and everyone thought the cover art was so cool? Spencer Elden doesn’t, because he was a tiny baby when his picture first graced the epic grunge album (cassette?). And I don’t remember, because I was the same age as that baby. And maybe you, dear reader, weren’t even born yet! Is it one of those images people instantly recognized as iconic, like the Madonna-Britney VMAs kiss?—or did everyone discover it in 2001, like I did? What I’m trying to get across is: I was born in the ’90s, very much so.

Anyway, 25 years later, the “Nirvana baby” is once again pictured in the swimming pool, arms outstretched, only now he’s wearing pants and there’s no money for him to reach out to. Speaking as someone with a pretty good memory of the 2010s, I can say that, yes, that’s how it turned out for many of us early-’90s babes.


The pictures were taken in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary, according to the New York Post. “It would be nice to have a quarter for every person who has seen my baby penis,” Elden told the Post. Millennials, am I right? Get this guy to stump for Hillary Clinton. I don’t even know what the West Wing is.

contributing writer, nights

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