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Nirvana's 'baby' is back at age 12

August 21, 2003|Randy Lewis

The famous baby who floated into the minds and hearts of millions of Nirvana fans on the cover of the group's "Nevermind" album in 1991 is back on the cover of another album. Spencer Elden, now 12, appears on "The Dragon Experience," the recently released third solo album by cEvin Key, formerly of Canadian industrial-rock group Skinny Puppy.

Key got Elden to do the photo shoot because Key's girlfriend once was Elden's baby-sitter. The album shows Elden amid a field a flowers touching a swirl of lightning in the sky, an image Key says re-creates a dream he had as a boy that later inspired him to experiment with electronic music.

Elden tells Rolling Stone he keeps his framed platinum copy of Nirvana's influential album on his bedroom wall and that it remains "important to me because I'm maybe the youngest person to ever get one of those."

Two years ago, Rolling Stone tracked down Elden and photographed him for a 10th anniversary tribute to "Nevermind."

-- Randy Lewis

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