Twenty-year old Spencer Elden could care less. "Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis. So that's kinda cool," he recently said.
Elden had a slightly different take on the matter during his more awkward teen years.
In 2008 he did participated in a photo shoot to recreate the iconic album cover'"this time wearing swim trunks'"but at the time he told MTV, "It's kind of creepy [to think] that that many people have seen me naked '" I feel like I'm the world's biggest porn star."
But while Spencer Elden seems to have come out of his famous photo shoot unscathed, how about some of these other famous rock album cover models?
Blind Melon's Bee Girl-- The cover of Blind Melon's 1993 self-titled album features a nerdy little girl dressed in a bee costume. That would be Georgia Graham, the kid sister of Blind Melon drummer Glenn Graham, in a cover shot that was actually taken from a family photo.
But even more famous than the bee girl on the album cover is the bee girl in the band's "No Rain" video. That starred 10-year old Heather DeLoach and featured the little girl wearing braids, big glasses and that telltale bumblebee costume as she did a bumbling tap dance. As an adult, DeLoach has called her stint as Blind Melon's Bee Girl "a blessing," telling The New York Post, "I thought I would never live this down, but this is the best thing that happened to me. At 80 years old, people are still going to be wondering what I'm doing -- It's opened so many doors with acting and my personal life."
Van Halen's Baby Angel-- Van Halen's "1984" album cover featured a portrait of a smoking baby angel created by artist Margo Nahas'"and the tot that she used as her muse was baby Carter Helm. The image of the smoking baby was controversial back in the day-- firing up anti-smoking advocates-- while a grown up Helm says he didn't realize how big of deal the "1984" album was at the time. Today he realizes he was part of something iconic'"as in David Lee Roth's last hurrah with the band. (Oh, and the smokes seen in the pic were actually candy!)
The Who's Meaty Beaty Bros-- The Who's classic 1971 compilation album, "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy," featured Roger Daltrey and the gang peeping through a window at four kids, presumably younger versions of themselves. But the four kids in the shot are not Pete Townshend and the rest of the band, but instead 1970s tots dressed in 1950s garb. One of the kids in the picture is Paul Curbishley, the brother of Who manager, Bill. This album cover was kept all in the family in another way, too. The cover photo was shot by Daltrey's cousin, Graham Hughes.
Notorious B.I.G.'s Big Haired Baby-- The cover of Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 debut album, "Ready to Die, " featured a baby sporting a B.I.G. afro. So who was this hip-hoppin' cutie? Bad Boy Records founder Sean Combs didn't seem to have a clue when he said, "That was a baby we just found." But Keithroy Yearwood, a Bronx native, now says he's the kid. Fourteen years after rapper Biggie Smalls' death, Yearwood revealed that his album cover infamy was part of a childhood modeling gig. His pay for the session? $150.
The Cult's Sioux Snafu-- This one definitely wasn't alright. British rock band The Cult used a photo of Native American Indian boy, Eternity DuBray, for the cover of their 1992 album, "Ceremony." (The picture of the boy also appeared in The Cult's ''Wild Hearted Son'' video, in which the image goes up in flames.) But the parents of the then 11-year old Sioux Indian sued the band and their record label-- to the tune of $61 million-- for using the pic without permission.
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