It’s been three decades since legendary grunge band Nirvana released their chart-topping album No problem. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. And its hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” launched the Seattle-based band to superstardom.
Iconic album cover for No problem A naked child is shown swimming underwater as he chased a dollar bill hanging from a fish hook. That child is now an adult. And he has a lot to say about his experience with the fame he got from the cover.
‘Nevermind’ has been controversial since the beginning
Now deceased frontman Kurt Cobain was the mastermind No problem album cover. He was reportedly inspired by a documentary he saw about underwater birth. The picture of the child was supposed to represent the symbol of capitalism as the infant chased the floating dollar.
Diversity Said that the author of the biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana claimed that the record label wanted to use a different image. Cobain reportedly insisted on the current version. “The only change he would consider making was covering the gender of the baby with a sticker that read: ‘If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile,’” he said.
Geffen Records agreed to the photo. The album cover became an integral part of pop culture history. No problem was included in Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
Who Is The Kid From The “Nevermind” Cover?
At the age of only four months, Spencer Alden became famous. His parents allowed the use of his image for the album cover. He was given $200 by photographer Kirk Wedel, a friend of the family.
Alden has a tattoo on his chest No problem Prateik He recreated the photo as an adult. Wearing swim trunks, he has posed underwater several times for the band’s commemorative anniversary.
In 2016, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Nirvana, the cover star took a positive stance. He told me New York Post“It’s weird that I did this for five minutes when I was 4 months old, and it became a really iconic image.” “It’s nice to be a part of something so important but weird that I can’t even remember,” Alden explained.
According to artnetAlden’s enthusiasm for being known as the Nirvana Baby changed when he asked the band to participate in his art show. They failed to respond to his offer. An aspiring artist himself, who doesn’t get royalties from photos, he wanted to be treated with more respect.
‘Nirvana’ kid sues
As Forbes As recently reported, “Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ baby is still chasing that dollar.” “The band promised to cover their genitals with a sticker,” Alden claims. However, “the sticker was never included on the album cover.”
Now 30 years old, Alden filed a lawsuit claiming that her nude image on the iconic album cover is child pornography. “Incorporating the pose in the shot makes the child appear ‘like a sex worker’,” says his lawyer. The lawsuit claims that this was done “intentionally to increase sales of the album.”
Cobain’s estate, surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, former drummer Chad Channing, art director Robert Fischer, and Vidal are all named in the lawsuit and $150,000 is sought from each defendant.
Apparently the former album cover baby feels exploited by the band, they told tmz“I’m just asking the band to do what they should have done 30 years ago and remove my genitals from the image out of respect for my privacy,” Alden said.
There has yet to be an official response to the claims of former band members or their partners.
‘Nirvana Baby’ sued amid ‘Nevermind’ cover: Baby looks ‘like a sex worker’, claims lawyer