DUST OFF: Peter Schilling – Major Tom (WEA 24.9927-0)

When 1980’s arrived, Neue Deutsche Welle – teutonic counterpart of the British new wave – swept across Germany. Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF) was the group that personified this movement. But then NDW became gradually popular music to go to the charts with Nena, Falco and others.

Also associated with NDW, Peter Schilling was a luminous shooting-star of 1982 with David Bowie-inspired “Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)” that awakes fond memories among Germans having reached the middle age now. Nicely melodic and catchy refrain has been reused by other artists later. The 12-inch includes luckily a version extended to five minutes. On the B-side joyful guitar pop called “…Dann Trügt Der Schein” tells about appearances that are deceptive.

Although having made a few records afterwards, Schilling remained one-hit wonder. Now, in the autumn 2010, he has a new album out and goes on a tour. What explains why “Major Tom” has resurfaced in the play lists of German local radio stations.

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