Marian Gold writes:
The image of the two egyptian figures features Amenophis IV (known as the
rebel king Echnaton) and his wife Nofretete. I loved it because it expresses
so much love and emotional intensity despite the very restricting laws of
ancient egyptian art.
Big in Japan 1992
Similar to the cover of the single: White with a large red circle in the centre, and a phonetic spelling of "Alphaville - Big in Japan" in black Japanese characters.
An ad on the back of the first MoonPaper (1/92) featured a First Harvest t-shirt and sweatshirt. From the ad's illustration, the T-shirt features a stretched version of the eye from the cover of "Romeos".
So Long Celeste
Advertised in MoonPaper 3/92, this is a line drawing by Pablo Picasso of a Minotaur lying down beside a naked woman. The drawing ('Ze Minotaure') is one of a hundred illustrations by Picasso, created between 1930 and 1937, collectively called the 'Vollard Suite'. The T-shirt was available in white on black or black on white.
Peace on Earth
MoonPaper 1/95 listed this T-shirt, available in a variety of colours. It was on sale at many of the European Alphaville concerts.
A white T-shirt featuring the Salvation cover.
This T-shirt was available at Alphaville's first US concerts in Salt Lake City, 16 th and 17 th July 1999.
There was also a blue T-shirt featuring the Dreamscapes cover.
The CD inlay for Afternoons in Utopia folds out into a poster.
The Breathtaking Blue
A large (A1) copy of the album cover.
A huge (A0) b/w photo of Ricky, Marian and Bernhard, same photo that appears on the inner sleeve. With a dark blue / black background of Bruegel's Tower of Babel (though it's barely discernable), and the Alphaville logo in white.
An A1 colour poster of Marian, Bernhard and Ricky, released by Atlantic in 1989. It features the Alphaville logo from The Breathtaking Blue across the top, and a blue splodge in the shape of the sun (i.e., no detail) in the bottom right corner. Mine also has some very interesting creases caused by the postperson forcing it through the letterbox.
So Long Celeste
Advertised in MoonPaper 2/92. No illustration given, but there is a description: "4-colours, Motiv:Marian", so I assume it's the same as the cover of the album.
A large montage of tinted photos of Marian, Bernhard and Ricky, against a white background. This was designed by Marian Gold, and given free to members of the fan club at the end of 1994.
A small, well-crafted silver and blue metal badge of the sun from
The Breathtaking Blue, with a banner reading
Marian Gold writes:
The Breathtaking Blue sun designed by Ulf Meyer zu Kueingdorf (who did the
artwork of all the first three AV-albums including their singles) is
actually a combination of the face of a sybel from Michelangelo's fresco The
Last Supper, which can be admired in the Sixtinian Chapel in the Vatican,
the halo of sunrays is of unknown origin.
A strange, hand-made badge was given to members of the fan club in early
1993 (as the first surprise gift - the second being the
History tape). The badge features a raised "alpha" character (that is,
the character from the Greek alphabet), with a sunken stylised "ville", quite
like the logo on First Harvest. It also has a
chain similar to those found on pocket watches.
MoonPaper 3/92 offered a So Long Celeste silver and gold badge.
An Alphaville patch, with a staggeringly unrecognisable drawing of three
people who might or might not be members of Alphaville. The word "Alphaville"
appears on the patch to make things a little clearer. Again, younger webbers
might not remember the great patch craze of 1984, when people who didn't have
enough band-allegiance patches on their faded denim jackets were cruelly
tormented by those of us who did.
Scarves. One made of wool with the word "Alphaville", the other made of silk
with a photo of the group (from the cover of "Big in Japan") and the actual
Hysteria also produced a heart-shaped crystal keyring with the Alphaville logo. Unfortunately the image I have doesn't reproduce well enough to clearly make it out. Sorry. (But not as sorry as I am about the scarves...)
MoonPaper 2/92 offered a So Long Celeste silver and gold keychain.
An Alphaville phone card promoting the First
Harvest album was released in Germany, identification number 0 193. Note
that the back of the card (reproduced on the right) refers to the album as
"First Harvest 1984-1991", rather than 1992.
An Alphaville bumper sticker of unknown origin...