Eines der wohl berühmtesten Cover der Musikgeschichte hat auch seine Hintergrundgeschichte. Denn ursprünglich musste zum Foto-Termin die ganze Band erscheinen, welche am Ende aber nicht auf dem Cover zu sehen war. Die Fotos hat damals Kirk Weddle gemacht. Tolle Story. UPDATE: Wie ich gerade bemerkt habe, wurden die Fotos nach erscheinen des Albums gemacht. Trotzdem toll!
In October 28, 1991, just as Nirvana were tearing up the rock’n’roll rule book with their major label debut Nevermind, Austin photographer Kirk Weddle was commissioned to shoot the band for photos to promote the impending blitz. His idea? Toss the band into a swimming pool to mimic the album’s infamous naked baby cover image he’d shot a few months earlier.
But when the band showed up for the session at a Los Angeles pool, they were hardly in the mood. Call time was 10 A.M. The weather was unseasonably cold for an outdoor swim. And Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were wiped out from a string of West Coast concerts. (Cobain was so exhausted, he even took a nap.) “I remember Kurt was like, ‘Fuck! I have to get in the pool?’” recalls Weddle. “He was not a water guy at all.”
But Weddle, known as one of the industry’s best underwater photographers, was able to convince the band to take the plunge and he snapped some 200 images – many of which have never been, made available before. “I’ve just kept them stacked in a closet, unorganized,” says Weddle.
Hier kann man die Fotos auch als Prints kaufen – Nirvana “Nevermind” outtakes by Kirk Weddle.
Fotos © by Kirk Weddle