30 years ago, man discovered the airbrush, and for a while there was scarcely a book, album, video game or magazine cover which didn't feature the stumbling first efforts of graphic designers to get to grips with this new technology. You know: like a caveman accidentally inventing the wheel, and initially using it as a serving tray at dinner parties.
Some of the worst airbrush art of the era could be found on the covers of Practical Computing - a dull periodical. Here's a gallery.
Look at the cack-fisted way the computer is sort of superimposed on the mushroom cloud. It's like a terrible prog rock album cover by a band with a name like Persephone's Follicle, or Bilbo's Sternum, or Moonhormone.
It makes a certain degree of sense; 'phants "never forget", and presumably the message they're trying to convey is that floppy disks will never forget your data, unless you put a magnet near them. Has anyone ever put a big magnet near an elephant to see if it gets amnesia? This must be done.
Really, with that sort of enquiring thinking I should've been a scientist, except for the fact that I vomit with anxiety whenever I see a sum.
Regardless, none of this particularly helps to explain why the 'phant is green.
One of the biggest issues here is the tree in front of the pub, which - upon first glance - makes it look as if the establishment is cracking apart. Also: the corn-on-the-cob keyboard.
Alright, mate. Chill out, yeah?