Nirvana: Nevermind

One of the most enduring covers of all time and proof in the power of photography and music. I was also interested to see the same designer for this Robbert Fisher also designed Odeley for Beck. As art director at Geffen he must have touched on many great albums in his time and sadly has little web presence to link up.

If you’re wondering what the kid is up to these days then look no further, Spender Elden is still around (I wonder if he’s on Myspace?) The photo was taken at a local swimming pool after stock photography proved too costly. And for $200 they got all the shots they needed.

Spenser Elden

Kurt had originally liked photos of himself for the cover (in some arty photo not naked in the pool) but thankfully better ideas came forward from the man himself.

Here’s Weird Al’s take on the cover.

Weird Al Nirvana: Off the Deepend

And The Simpsons leave no pop icon alone.

Homer Nirvana

I went with the penis visible version here for authenticity.

Bart Nirvana

Nirvana: Nevermind

Nirvana: Nevermind

One of the most enduring covers of all time and proof in the power of photography and music. I was also interested to see the same designer for this Robbert Fisher also designed Odeley for Beck. As art director at Geffen he must have touched on many great albums in his time and sadly has little web presence to link up.

If you’re wondering what the kid is up to these days then look no further, Spender Elden is still around (I wonder if he’s on Myspace?) The photo was taken at a local swimming pool after stock photography proved too costly. And for $200 they got all the shots they needed.

Spenser Elden

Kurt had originally liked photos of himself for the cover (in some arty photo not naked in the pool) but thankfully better ideas came forward from the man himself.

Here’s Weird Al’s take on the cover.

Weird Al Nirvana: Off the Deepend

And The Simpsons leave no pop icon alone.

Homer Nirvana

I went with the penis visible version here for authenticity.

Bart Nirvana





54 Comments

  1. A while after this LP came out in the UK, the Sunday Mirror offered it up as a prize. In the accompanying pic they had air-brushed out the little boy’s offending rude bits.
    I still have the clipping, it still makes me laugh.
    Ben

  2. Ben, you have no life :)
    you sad cat.

    yay

  3. Good cover, but the wavy ‘nevemind’ sucks real hard.

  4. t-bone, you suck real hard with yr comment.

  5. the baby who was on the cover is hot now

  6. Nevermind pwns. In Utero pwns moar.

  7. nevermind is a ledgendary album but not for smells like teen spirit or in bloom, its ledgendary for drain you, on a plain and endless namelss. i like all of nirvanas albums their all different in their own way.

  8. Apparently Cobain refused censorship of the image (rightly so) and his only compromise was a sticker on the baby’s appendage that read, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”

  9. in utero is the best. nevermind is good.

  10. T-Bone:
    You know, I never noticed “Nevermind” being wavy before on the cover till now, but now that I do I agree. The whole cover reeks of classy up until that wavy text which screams of “I just learned how to Photoshop”.

  11. Yeah.
    The baby on the cover is gorgeous now.
    c:

    I love Kurt Cobain with all my heart.
    R.I.P., doll.

  12. Kurt was the coolest guy who ever lived. He made music that everyone understood, and reached out to so many people. i cant understand why anyone would want to make fun of him or the nevermind cover, which by the way is so cool, despity the wavy “nevermind” text.

  13. I reckon! I cant even imagine what it’d be like without the “nevermind” text. The whole album design is f***ing cool. You’d never even consider changing it.

  14. One of the greatest covers from one of the greatest albums. Simple as that.

  15. oh yea the baby is hot now
    and i do wonder if he is on myspace
    haha

  16. Nevermind is a kick ass albumb with an awesome cover. Krist is a idiot because Smells like teen spirit is an awesome song and ‘endless nameless’ isn’t part of the album. Bleach was there best work by far, listen to Downer or Rape Me.

  17. k todo esta chilo ok bay

  18. kurt cobain…..cant really be edscribed as anything but a lonely misunderstood teenager who just never really grew up…thats a good thing in my eyes. Sure kurt had a good childhood…till he was like 7….but he was still a very dark person inside. All of kurts albums were a way to relese his emotions through songs that everyone like him could understand. i know i was only 1 when he died and everything i was born on the day his body was found in his greenhouse…but i feel as if i really knew him for some reason. i had the same childhood myself and i understand more than anyone how a disfunctional teenager gets things….but id like to get to my fucking point

    KURT WAS MURDERED!!!! Courtney fuckin hired some bastard to blow his ass to kingdom come so she can get all of his rights and all of his money..she deserves to die

    FUCK YOU DIRTY BITCH!!!!!
    BURN IN HELL

    I love you Kurt

  19. Lol. I love the crazies, and “april” is definitely crazy!

  20. Ash, you misspelled “Spencer” and “Odelay”.

  21. well i think that all the people that commented that the nevermind wavy thing are all losers and probly still live with there mom in the basement and also any one else that said any thing bad about this album sucks hairy ball sacs

  22. Photoshop?! The album was released in 1991! Even if photoshop v0.1 was around at that time, I strongly doubt the guy who did the graphics went ‘I’ll just run liquify on the text’..

  23. Back then there was no photo shop. Kids think that the computers we have today have always been around. So sad. I remember being impressed with a word processor that was basically a typewriter that hooked up to a TV. Black text on a white screen. That was it and it was the coolest thing. This album is awesome, though not the best, that’s Bleach. I still pick up a copy every now and then. I fold the insert to make the shot of Kurt flipping the bird to the camera the cover.

  24. this is about album covers, not about wich record is better than the other.

    yeah: “NEVERMIND” the wavy title looks like made up with some WordArt at PowerPoint

  25. I used to have the cover on a five- or six-foot wide poster that I got from (ironically enough) “The Electric Fetus.” Oh, I can hear it already- “You dirty pedophile!!!”No.That would be the guy who thought to make the poster in the first place.I put it up for the same reason Kurt didn’t want it censored- shock value.

  26. HOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA MU BUENA LA FOTO DE BART

  27. The wavy type was done by moving it on a Xerox as it was copying. Then doing it again with that print out. Back then we had to order type from a typesetter then wax up printed type cut it out and lay it down on boards with a T-square. It sucked. But I’m glad I lived through it so I can appreciate how easy it is now.

  28. the wavy text doesnt ruin it. the kids in effein water! the wavy text is keeping in theme with that

    it wasnt a random effect you twats!

  29. it’s funny i never post on blogs but…
    I recently got an iphone 3g s and was loading some of my favourite albums.
    As i learned how to retreive album art from itunes i sat listening staring at this cover i’ve seen hundreds of times.
    missing kurt, missing myself then, and it jumped out at me.
    The nevermind looked silly.
    So from an avid fan of a man who, trashed, wrote songs on napkins on the way to the studio, killed hair bands and himself.
    Your right.
    But you have to wonder if it was on purpous. kurt never seemed to take anything serious but his suffering. of course thats from a way outsiders point of view.

  30. I think u just like seeing naked peoples.

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  32. gilo galo kamu yeh…

  33. Does anyone think Kurt really killed himself or did he have a hit put on him by his gold digging lover Courtney Love?

  34. did Kurt killl himself or did he have a hit put on him?

  35. Does anyone think Kurt really killed himself or did he have a hit put on him by his gold digging lover Courtney Love?

  36. did Kurt killl himself or did he have a hit put on him?

  37. he killed himself cockfucks

  38. hey bitchtits are fucking retarded you are clearly not a nirvana fan cause your stupid and cant see the facts .,. you fucking retard.

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  40. he killed himself because he was a looser. anyone who believes otherwise is a looser too!

  41. you're talking about one of the biggest music icons of the 20th century you fucking tool. i don't even really like nirvana but i had to reply to your ignorant stupid fucking post. you must be about fucking twelve you dumb shit. why don't you keep surfing for that gay porn you fucking fag.

  42. fuck u kurt cobain haters. u obviously didnt kno the pain he was in

  43. fuck u kurt cobain haters. u obviously didnt kno the pain he was in

  44. 1.) None of you can spell.
    2.) I know I’m about six months late.
    3.) Stop bashing on gays every fucking time someone says they don’t like something, or acts like a twat. Have you ever actually talked with a gay person?
    4.) Kurt Cobain himself stated in an interview for The Advocate, a pro LGBT magazine, that he was “gay in spirit” and “probably could be bisexual”. Also, one of his closest high school friends was an outed homosexual. So either you’re a troll, in which case this was five minutes of my time being wasted, or your ignorant. I hope it’s the latter, because I really would hope to get through to you after taking the time to type this out.
    5.) I like Nirvana. :) derp

  45. yeah fucck you cobain haters suck my cock

  46. Kirk Cobain was a living legend and will never be forgoten and if you cant except that then you deserve to die..

  47. Or… KURT Cobain was a living legend… AND… if you can’t ACCEPT that… does that sound better?

  48. Who is Kirk Cobain? Never heard of him. But Kurt was a true legend.

  49. Kurt was in pain. Fucking emos. Look at the 2/3 of world population.

  50. Can’t stand Nirvana now because of my EX liking them soooo much back in the day.
    Oh well….would someone please make some good music again…haven’t heard any since the 90′s.

  51. rolf

  52. omg looking at babies cocks pedos

  53. A looser as opposed to a tighter?

  54. Not hating on Cobain and Courtney Love probably killed her but if he did commit suicide I lose respect for him. In the western world there is never a true reason to take your life. Even if it solves your own problems it puts so much stress on others that it is a selfish act.

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