Untold Stories Behind Some Of Music’s Most Popular Albums

Jackson Sawa | August 7, 2018 1:33 pm

In a musical album, there’s a story behind every song, title, and the artwork that adorns the front. While listeners attach their own meaning to everything, the real stories are known only those by those who created it. Whether it’s the ambiguous artwork on the front or the name of the album itself, there’s a purpose for everything that often goes unknown to even the most die-hard fans. Learn about some of the stories and unknown facts behind some of music’s most iconic albums that tend to go unnoticed.

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Nirvana’s Nevermind Artwork Has Deep Symbolism


Photo Credits: DGC / Nirvana

There’s a much deeper meaning behind the album cover art for Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind. While most people can recognize the album instantly, some people just see a naked baby in a pool and not much else. The baby is four-month-old Spencer Elden who “tried out” for the gig at a public pool in Pasadena, California and has been forever immortalized in all of his glory at a young age.

However, Kurt Cobain was the one to come up with the designed for the album cover with the help of designer Robert Fisher. Fisher explains that he assumes “that the naked baby symbolized Kurt’s own innocence, the water an alien environment, and the hook and dollar bill his creative life entering into the corporate world of rock music.”