PIctures of children adorn many iconic album covers. The kid on U2’s Boy and War. The 11-year-old topless girl on the front of Blind Faith’s album. The Bee Girl from Blind Melon. The girl on the first Violent Femmes album. Naked Spencer Eldon on the cover of Nevermind. The kids on Zeppelin’s House of the Holy. The smoking angel kid on Van Halen’s 1984.
They must have names, right? There’s gotta be a story on how they ended up as part of that artwork. What’s the deal with the concept of that artwork? And where are they now?
This brings me to the two little girls who appeared on the front of the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1993 album, Siamese Dream.
Now that the Pumpkins are back and prepping a reunion tour that will focus on the group’s first five albums, their promo team caught up with Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, the two girls from Siamese Dream. Billy Corgan then Instagramed a few thoughts.
On such a special day in SP history, I want to take a moment to thank Ali and LySandra, who you might know were the little girls that I stood by and watched have their picture taken some 23 years ago (on what was a perfect LA afternoon). Never realizing that this moment in time would forever tie usr, and go on to become such an iconic image in rock history. What’s amazing is their chemistry with one another still leaps through the camera to this day and yet if memory serves they’d never met before that Siamese shoot. Which tells me their coming together, and the beauty that Melodie’s shot captures, of youth and innocence, was meant to be SP’s own, personal lucky star. So thank you thank you thank you Ali and LySandra, we adore you, and having you be a part of today’s launch brings tears to my eyes. For life goes fast, and I can still see you in my mind’s eye wearing crisp white dresses in a stranger’s backyard, looking like little Mother Mary’s, smiling and laughing into the sun.
Cool, right? If you’d like to see more before and after shots of kids who once appeared on famous album covers, go here.