Album Cover Models Then and Now
By now, you’ve probably already read a story on the whereabouts of the ‘Nevermind’ baby, or the porn star gracing the cover of Blink-182’s ‘Enema of the State,’ but there are so many other “Where Are They Now?”-type mysteries left in the world of album sleeves.
From the naked siren cradling the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the front of their ‘Mother’s Milk’ record to the girl peering at you through the lens of a still camera on New Order’s ‘Get Ready’ album cover, Diffuser.fm has done some investigating to see who and where these models are up to today.
New Order, ‘Get Ready’ (2001)
Model: Nicolette Krebitz
Today: Krebitz has appeared in more than 40 films and has also
hosted television and radio programs. The 41-year-old Berlin native
wrote and directed the 2001 movie ‘Jeans’ and 2007’s ‘Das Herz
ist ein dunkler Wald.’
Sonic Youth, ‘Murray Street’ (2002)
Model: Coco Hayley Gordon Moore
Today: The 19-year-old daughter of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon
and Thurston Moore is the vocalist for Big Nil, a noisy punk outfit
currently on hiatus while its members attend college.
The Smiths, ‘The Smiths’ (1984)
Model: Joe Dallesandro
Today: The iconic cover of the first Smiths album is a still image of
actor Joe Dallesandro from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film ‘Flesh.’ The
Florida native was discovered by Warhol in the late ’60s and has
kept a low profile in both feature films and television dramas.
Devo, ‘Something for Everybody’ (2010)
Model: Natasha Romanova
Now: Born in the Ukraine, Romanova currently resides in NYC,
where she works as a model, actress and television host. Look
for Romanova in the upcoming Abel Ferrara (‘Bad Lieutenant,’ ‘Ms. 45′)
film ‘Welcome to New York.’
Roxy Music, ‘For Your Pleasure’ (1973)
Model: Amanda Lear
Now: French model Lear was dating Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry
when she posed for the cover of ‘For Your Pleasure.’ Rumors that Lear
was actually born male have followed the entertainer since the ’70s, but
she’s still managed to carve out a career as a singer and television
personality throughout Europe for the past few decades.
The Knack, ‘My Sharona’ single (1979)
Model: Sharona Alperin
Now: Helping to kick off the “skinny tie” pop movement, ‘My Sharona’
was inspired by Sharona Alperin, Knack singer/guitarist Doug Fieger’s
teen girlfriend. Fieger and Alperin eventually broke up a few years after
the song was released, and she’s now a hugely successful real estate
agent in Southern California.
Manic Street Preachers, ‘Postcards from a Young Man’ (2010)
Model: Tim Roth
Now: The most recognizable face on our list, Roth is a veteran
character actor with hits such as ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk’
and ‘Planet of the Apes’ is his filmography. The English actor was also
the lead in Fox’s crime drama series ‘Lie to Me’ from 2009-2011.
Belle and Sebastian, ‘The Life Pursuit’ (2006)
Model: Alexandra Klobouk
Now: Klobouk eventually worked with Belle and Sebastian leader
Stuart Murdoch on his ‘God Help the Girl’ album project. These days,
the German is working as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime’ (1984)
Model: Mike Watt
Now: Watt, the bassist in the Minutemen, was photographed in
his Volkswagen Beetle on California’s famed Interstate 10 for the
‘Double Nickels on the Dime’ cover. The influential bassist is currently
a member of the Stooges, and he recently reunited with his post-Minutemen
band, fIREHOSE, for a slew of tour dates and festival appearances.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Mother’s Milk’ (1989)
Model: Dawn Alane
Now: Alane-Kelmenson (she got married since the RHCP shoot) has
found her calling as a sculptor based in the Los Angeles area.