Dave Grohl Responds to the Nirvana 'Nevermind' Child Pornography Lawsuit
"I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover"
Published Oct 04, 2021Everyone's favourite song and dance man Dave Grohl has finally responded to the lawsuit filed against Nirvana by the ubiquitous Nevermind baby — the now 30-year-old Spencer Elden — in a new interview.
As previously reported, Elden has filed claims of exploitation and child pornography over the use of his image on the 1991 album cover. A total of fifteen defendants — including the surviving members of the band (Grohl and Krist Novoselic), Kurt Cobain's estate, Courtney Love, photographer Kirk Weddle and the labels involved in the release (Universal Music and Geffen Records) — were named in the suit, which was filed back in August.
More recently, Grohl caught up with The Sunday Times and didn't dismiss interviewer Tim Chester's direct question about the lawsuit. "I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we'll see what happens," the Foo Fighters frontman said. "We'll let you know. I'm sure we'll come up with something good."
He added: "I think that there's much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things. And, fortunately, I don't have to do the paperwork," clarifying that the issue is ultimately being handled by his legal team.
In addition to monetary compensation, Elden has requested the album artwork be changed for all future releases of Nevermind, like the 30th anniversary expanded reissue set to drop this November.
The claimant was four months old when the iconic artwork's naked underwater image of him was taken. He alleges that he has sustained "lifelong damages" resulting from the "commercial child sexual exploitation of him from while he was a minor to the present day."
It's hard to say just how seriously Grohl is taking the controversial lawsuit, but it certainly seems to be something he's given some thought. Some have argued that Elden taking legal action to seek damages all these years later is frivolous and could undermine other cases of child exploitation.
"[When] I go to a baseball game and think about it: 'Man, everybody at this baseball game has probably seen my little baby penis,'" Elden has said, "I feel like I got part of my human rights revoked."
This we know for sure: nobody is willing to "never mind" anything when it comes to Nevermind.
Grohl also recently revealed that he almost joined GWAR, as well as lending his throne to doom metal bassist/gunman-stopper Darin Wall.