Dave Grohl says Nirvana could change his controversy no matter album cover in the future.
Universal Music Group has prepared a 30th anniversary edition of the album – with the original artwork. But Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover, has filed a lawsuit against the band’s estate, alleging that the album’s distribution amounts to “commercial child pornography.”
“Neither Spencer nor his legal guardians have ever signed a release authorizing the use of images of Spencer or his portrait, and certainly no commercial child pornography depicting him,” reads the lawsuit obtained by Digital Music News .
No changes are planned for the 30th anniversary reissue coming on November 12th. But future versions are on the table.
Dave Grohl stated that future versions of no matter may have different album art.
“I have a lot of ideas on how we should change this coverage, but we’ll see what happens,” Grohl told The Sunday Times. “We’ll let you know. I’m sure we’ll find something good. Grohl seems to be tired of being in the legal sights of the album cover.
“At some point, unfortunately, it just becomes normal,” Grohl adds. “I think there is a lot more to hope for and a lot more to experience than getting bogged down in this stuff. And, luckily, I don’t have to do the paperwork.
30th anniversary no matter the album cover may be the last to feature the naked baby. The no matter the special edition includes a total of 94 audio and video tracks, including 70 unreleased tracks. A super deluxe 5 CD version of the album includes:
- The remastered album.
- Live Nirvana Concerts.
- A Blu-Ray from a live broadcast from Amsterdam.
- A 40-page hardcover book filled with never-before-seen photos.
A $ 260 variation comes with a seven inch vinyl, the book and 8 LPs of 180 grams from the remastered album. However, this more expensive version of the album won’t be available to fans until May 27, 2022.
The child pornography lawsuit names not only Nirvana, but also the photographer, the album’s artistic director, Geffen Records, Nirvana LLC and the estate of Kurt Cobain. Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and several other record companies are named.