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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.
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