Ryan Lochte Makes Nirvana Tribute, Recreates Nevermind Album Cover

11-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte, does it again, creates media and attention around the sport of swimming out of thin air.

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

With the help of ESPN Magazine, a brilliant idea was born:

Recreate the iconic Nirvana album cover from the 1991 classic, Nevermind. 

Few forget the gripping album cover image. The baby’s underwater, eyes wide open, seemingly chasing a US dollar bill on the fishhook. It says a lot of about America, about greed, about how we indoctrinate our children into the economic machine that it is…but let’s be honest.  The album cover is “funny” for one obvious reason…and I’ll leave it there.

Nirvana, the band, is loved for bringing music back to its honest and raw roots, after a disappointing decade of pop muisc far too synthesizer heavy. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was a poet that happened to also shred his guitar. A leader of the grunge moment’s more serious exploration of rock music, Nirvana’s work remains relevant to this day.

The original cover was shot at the Rose Bowl Aquatics facility, former training ground of the legendary Jason Lezak among others.

Screenshots of Ryan Lochte’s ESPN Magazine Photo Shoot:

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

Ryan Lochte recreates Nirvana album cover

 

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Love Nirvana but can’t help but be a little disappointed in this. Don’t think it does Kurt any justice

Agree with you on this. Kurt is probably rolling over in his grave. The fact that “pop music” was tagged in the tags section is also a disgrace to Nirvana. This is synonymous to saying Metallica, AC/DC and Ozzy were all smooth jazz.

It’s tagged pop music because it says “nirvana, the band, is loved for bringing music back to its honest and raw roots, after a disappointing decade of pop muisc far too synthesizer heavy. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was a poet that happend to also shred his guitar”. He’s agreeing with you, read the article next time

I don’t think Kurt would really be that offended by it…considering he once said:

“I wanted to be totally Led Zeppelin in a way and then be totally extreme punk rock and then do real wimpy pop songs”.

… and then, he went and copied Pixies…

completely conquered

Yeah OK. You can’t be pop unless you are actually popular. While the Pixies were very influential as a band, I wouldn’t call them pop. And if you think Kurt copied them, then you really haven’t listened to either. I do recall reading an article about one of Kurt’s favorite bands being Teenage Fanclub, who wrote some really great “pop” songs that weren’t ever heard by anyone.

Powerful Katz

Just inspired bt pixies, they did they’re own thing.

Kirk Nelson

Not a bad effort, but I still prefer Weird Al’s version.

I’m as big a Nirvana fan as there is, and I think this is great. Reminds us of how good music used to be – damn I sound old.

Grow a sense of humor guys. A part of me likes to think that Kurt would grin at this if he could! Go watch (or rewatch, those that you that actually ARE Nirvana fans) The Year That Punk Broke! Before he married that **** Courtney he really had a sense of humor, and almost seemed happy!

Good memories, good times, and thanks to Ryan for being the unashamed, funny guy that he is (although I seem to remember him racing without goggles until he was 10!) and doing this!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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