Error in the System

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Error in the System
Error album cover.jpg
Studio album by Peter Schilling
Released 1983 (English version)
1982 (German version)
Recorded Peer-Southern Studios in Hamburg, Germany
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 35:42 (English version)
37:54 (German version)
Label Elektra United States
WEA Records Germany
Producer Armin Sabol, Peter Schilling
Peter Schilling chronology
Error in the System
Things to Come
(1985)Things to Come1985
Singles from Fehler im System/Error in the System
  1. "Major Tom (Völig losgelöst)"
    Released: 1982[discuss]
  2. "Die Wüste lebt"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Error in the System is the first English album by German singer Peter Schilling, and is literally the English counterpart to the German album Fehler im System. The English and German version have been combined and sold as a single box set in several parts of the world.[3][4][5]

Track listing[edit]

Error in the System[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Only Dreams" 3:22 (Schilling, David Lodge)
  2. "Lifetime Guarantee" 6:20 (Schilling, Lodge, Armin Sabol)
  3. "The Noah Plan" 4:21 (Schilling, Lodge)
  4. "Error In The System" 3:35 (Schilling, Matthew Garey)
  5. "Fast Alles Konstruiert" 6:20 (Schilling, Lodge, Armin Sabol) (cassette only)
  6. "Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)" 4:08 (Schilling, Lodge) (cassette only)

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Major Tom (Coming Home)" 5:03 (Schilling, Lodge)
  2. "Major Tom, Part II" 3:35 (Sabol)
  3. "(Let's Play) U.S.A." 3:18 (Schilling, Sabol, Garey)
  4. "I Have No Desire" 3:22 (Schilling, Garey)
  5. "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" (Silent Night, Holy Night) 3:26 (trad.; arr. Sabol/Schilling)
  6. "Dann Trügt Der Schein" 3:22 (Schilling, David Lodge) (cassette only)
  7. "Die Wüste Lebt" 4:21 (Schilling, Lodge) (cassette only)

Fehler im System[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "…Dann trügt der Schein" 3:28 (Schilling)
  2. "Fast alles konstruiert" 6:48 (Sabol, Schilling)
  3. "Die Wüste lebt" 4:56 (Schilling)
  4. "Fehler im System" 3:30 (Schilling)

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst)" 4:59 (Schilling)
  2. "Major Tom" 3:50 (Sabol, Schilling)
  3. "U.S.A." 3:22 (Sabol, Schilling)
  4. "Ich hab' keine Lust" 3:31 (Schilling)
  5. "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" 3:30 (trad.; arr. Sabol, Schilling)


The English version contains the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)", which reached the top 15 in New Zealand[6] and the US,[7] and the top 50 in the UK.[8] The German version includes the songs "Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst)", which reached the top 3 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland (all # 1)[9][10][11] and the Netherlands (reaching # 2 in the top 40),[12][13] and "Die Wüste lebt".[14] Because of his one and only entry into the top 40 on the US charts with "Major Tom (Coming Home)", he is generally considered a one-hit wonder in that country.[15]


  • Peter Schilling - all vocals
  • Armin Sabol - guitars (all tracks), additional bass (on "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht")
  • Rolf Kersting - bass (all tracks except "Major Tom")
  • Gunther Gebauer - bass (on "Major Tom")
  • Frank Hieber - keyboards (all tracks except "Major Tom")
  • Gonzo Bishop - keyboards (on "Major Tom")
  • Dicky Tarrach - drums, percussion (all tracks except "The Noah Plan" and "Major Tom")
  • Mickie Stickdorn - drums, percussion (on "The Noah Plan")
  • Curt Cress - drums, percussion (on "Major Tom")


  • Produced By Peter Schilling & Armin Sabol
  • Recorded & Engineered By Frank Reinke, Geoff Peacy, Lars Hidde, Manfred Lohse, Peter Schilling & Peter Schmidt
  • Track 5 Mixed By Holger J. Magnussen; all other tracks mixed by Frank Reinke
  • Art Direction - Bob Defrin
  • Front cover photo - Gesine Petter
  • Back cover photo - Job Crogier


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ (in German) "Error in the System's German Amazon Page". Retrieved on January 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Error in the System's Amazon Page". Retrieved on January 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Error in the System's British Amazon Page". Retrieved on January 27, 2011.
  6. ^ (in Dutch) "Peter Schilling-Major Tom". Retrieved on January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles 1955-2006 , Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-172-7.
  8. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums, 18th Edition (2005). Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 978-1-904994-00-8.
  9. ^ Major Tom in den deutschen Charts
  10. ^ Major Tom in den österreichischen Charts
  11. ^ Major Tom in der Schweizer Hitparade
  12. ^ Top 40 Hit dossier 1956-2001 ISBN 90-257-3349-2
  13. ^ "Peter Schilling - Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  14. ^ "Die Wüste lebt [7" Vinyl Single]: Peter Schilling: Bücher". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  15. ^ Sutton, Michael (1956-01-28). "Peter Schilling". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 

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