Following this week’s news that the 12-year-old cover star of Placebo’s 1996 self-titled debut is now all grown-up, and looking to sue the band for emotional damages after saying that the image ‘ruined his childhood’ – we though we’d investigate some of the other stories behind the memorable youngsters that adorn some of music’s more famous covers.

Grabbing a baby or a kid to grace the record sleeve has worked for many in the past.

From the creepy to the cute, to the cool and the controversial, we’ve collected some of the more interesting instances of kids on covers.

– Words: Gabe Andrews & Al Newstead

– Images: Morgan Benson