Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Naked Nirvana Baby Is Now 17

Image MTV.

Do you remember when Nirvana released the Nevermind album?  Well the baby on the cover art, Spencer Eldon, turned 17 on July 9th. Seventeen!!  He was interviewed by NPR recently and I love this quote:
Life in general isn't quite as "cool" as it was when he jumped naked in the pool in the early '90s, though, he says. These days, his peers are too stuck on the Internet and video games. Ironically, he yearns for the era that gave Kurt Cobain, the lead singer for Nirvana, so much angst.

These days, Elden says, his peers concentrate on "playing Rock Band on Xbox, like, that's not a real band! That's the difference between the '90s and kids nowadays; kids in the '90s would actually go out and make a [real] band!"
My birthday is within two months of Kurt Cobain's, so we were 24 when the Nevermind album was released.  Needless to say, that makes me "wicked" old.  I never much got into the music of Nirvana, although I always loved this album cover.  Here is Spencer recreating the cover when he was 10, as well as a recent shot of him.

Image Rolling Stones

Image Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR.

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