A German New Wave
musician, born in 1956. Most of his albums deal with the future and are primarily based on science fiction.
His first album, Fehler im System / Error in the System (English)
, brought him into the spotlight with the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)
", which was based on "Space Oddity
" by David Bowie
. The song achieved #1 in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. After that, Schilling faded from the spotlight
, though he continued to produce albums. Most of his songs were German only, but his early albums had both German and English versions of the same song - usual a direct translation.
His later albums introduce more techno/electronic elements, and he has released one relaxation album, ''Delight Factor Wellness'.
Peter Schilling's songs contains examples of the following tropes:
- Apocalypse How: The Noah Plan has the Earth's orbit falling into the sun. The tides reverse, and the atmosphere is blown away.
- Gratuitous German: Life's So Strong has an introduction in English and the chant "Life is so strong" is English, but halfway through the song, the rest of the lyrics abruptly become German.