Dieter Bohlen continued the same format as with Tyler's previous releases with Hansa, writing the majority of songs and publishing a number of them with different pseudonyms: Jennifer Blake, Steve Benson and Howard Houston.
In 2004, German producer Frank Farian published a book entitled Stupid Dieser Bohlen, in which he shared a letter he received from British musician Dave Ashby, who was based in Hamburg at the time. Ashby claimed that he was working for Warner/Chappell Music, who published Bohlen's songs on Silhouette in Red. According to Ashby, Bohlen had hired him to fix any grammatical errors in the lyrics he had written, and that he would be paid, receive royalties and that Bohlen would write a song for him. Ashby noted that Tyler was angry about the quality of the lyrics, but that he insisted that they were Bohlen's, not his own. Ashby claimed that he re-wrote most of Bohlen's text, and that both Tyler and Luis Rodríguez were pleased with the result. Bohlen then gave Ashby's promised song to Chris Norman, and refused to credit him as a songwriter. Ashby's name is listed under the "thank you" message in the album's liner notes, but not under the songwriting credits.