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Nirvana Baby Spencer Elden Asks For Genitalia Not To Be Used On 30th Anniversary Issue Of Nevermind

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Nirvana Baby Spencer Elden Asks For Genitalia Not To Be Used On 30th Anniversary Issue Of Nevermind

The man who was immortalised as a child - with his willy out - on the cover of Nirvana's iconic 1991 album Nevermind has implored the record company to leave his genitalia out of the 30th anniversary celebrations.

Spencer Elden, who appeared on the cover as a naked baby in a swimming pool, has already sued the company over the use of his likeness, and now his lawyer is reportedly asking that Universal leave his penis out of all future reissues and releases of the album.

According to TMZ, attorney Maggie Mabie said it's time to 'end this child exploitation and violation of privacy'.

She claims Elden has to steel himself constantly for attention every time the album has an anniversary.


He's got a point, as it's one of the most recognisable album covers ever, and it features his d***.

We've all seen the cover, haven't we? Credit: Universal
We've all seen the cover, haven't we? Credit: Universal

You wouldn't like it, would you?

As the album comes up to 30 years old, it's time for Elden to start worrying again, and this time his lawyer says he's had enough.


Earlier in the year, Elden sued because he alleged that the band - and the record company - had profited from 'child pornography'.

He said that Universal 'intentionally commercially marketed Spencer's child pornography and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense' and caused him 'lifelong damages'.

He sued for at least $150,000 from more than a dozen defendants, including the estate of Kurt Cobain, Geffen Records, and former band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

Elden said he was bringing the action now because he 'finally has the courage to hold these actors accountable,' according to his lawyer.

Kurt Cobain. Credit: PA
Kurt Cobain. Credit: PA

He also wants the album altered for the 30th anniversary re-release.

Mabie said: "If there is a 30th anniversary re-release, he wants for the entire world not to see his genitals."

The suit states: "Cobain chose the image depicting Spencer - like a sex worker - grabbing for a dollar bill that is positioned dangling from a fishhook in front of his nude body with his penis explicitly displayed."


Elden has even recreated the image himself in the past, although always with his bits covered.

His opinion on the image has clearly shifted over time, too. Over the years, he's clearly become more negative about the cover.

In 2015, he said that it was 'cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don't even remember'.

He added: "It'd be nice to have a quarter for every person that has seen my baby penis."

Featured Image Credit: Universal

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