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Music: Peter Schilling

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 - usually a direct translation.

His later albums introduce more techno/electronic elements, and he has released one relaxation album, ''Delight Factor Wellness'.


  • Fehler Im Sistem (German, 1982)/Error In The System (English, 1983)
  • 120 Grad (German, 1984)/Things To Come (English, 1985)
  • The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime) (English, 1989)

Peter Schilling's songs contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: "Error In The System" and "Things To Come".
  • Anti-Christmas Song: His version of "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht".
  • Apocalypse How: "The Noah Plan" has the Earth's orbit falling into the sun. The tides reverse, and the atmosphere is blown away. "Terra Titanic" also suggests a similar global disaster in a metaphorical sense, equating the Earth to the Titanic.
  • Apocalyptic Log: A line from "Major Tom (Coming Home)".
    "Across the stratosphere, a final message: 'Give my wife my love.' Then nothing more."
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied with Major Tom near the end of "Major Tom (Coming Home)".
    "No one understands, but Major Tom sees. 'Now the light commands. This is my home. I'm coming home.'""
  • Breakup Song: "Chill Of The Night".
  • Eagleland: "(Let's Play) U.S.A." is a nasty version of The Boorish with a cheery pop beat.
  • Face Death with Dignity: A line from "Terra Titanic".
    "...while the captain adjusts his tuxedo a bit, with his glass raised up high as the ice water hits."
  • 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.
  • Greatest Hits Album: "The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime)" for English audiences. Ironically, only "Major Tom (Coming Home)" was known to be a hit.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: In "The Noah Plan", the Earth's orbit decays as it drifts towards the sun, and the people on Earth prepare for evacuation by "returning to the universe".
  • Instrumentals: "Major Tom, Part 2" from Error In The System.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Only Dreams" and its German counterpart "...Dann Trugt Der Schein" both have the singing and the music start simultaneously.
  • Scatting
    • The chorus of "I Have No Desire" and its German counterpart "Ich Hab' Keine Lust" consist of "ya de da, ya de da de da..."
    • "Only Dreams" and its German counterpart "...Dann Trugt Der Schein" have scatting during the middle part and the ending.
  • Sole Survivor: The protagonist of "Lone Survivor" who isolates himself during a nuclear war in a "fortress made of steel", expecting to be this when the war ends. Near the end of the song, the people around the world post-war understand and begin correcting their mistakes, but "nobody knows about the lone survivor, so there can be no escape".
  • Title Track: "Error In The System", "Things To Come", and "The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime)" for their respective albums in English; "Fehler Im System" and "120 Grad" for the German albums.
  • We Come in Peace Shoot to Kill: "Zone 804" is about visiting aliens that have come in peace to fix our world, but the world sees them as a threat and responds only with having missile silos open and standing by.
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