MUSIC MONDAY Aldous Huxley and the rock band LINKIN PARK and the song “Breaking the Habit”


Breaking The Habit [Official Music Video] – Linkin Park


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In his book HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? Francis Schaeffer noted:

The man who followed on from that point was English–Aldous Huxley (1894-1963). He proposed drugs as a solution. We should, he said, give healthy people drugs and they can then find truth inside their own heads. All that was left for Aldous Huxley and those who followed him was truth inside a person’s own head. With Huxley’s idea, what began with the existential philosophers – man’s individual subjectivity attempting to give order as well as meaning, in contrast to order being shaped by what is objective or external to oneself – came to its logical conclusion. Truth is in one’s own head. The ideal of objective truth was gone.

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This emphasis on hallucinogenic drugs brought with it many rock groups–for example, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Incredible String Band, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix. Most of their work was from 1965-1958. The Beatles’Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) also fits here. This disc is a total unity, not just an isolated series of individual songs, and for a time it became the rallying cry for young people throughout the world. As a whole, this music was the vehicle to carry the drug culture and the mentality which went with it across frontiers which were almost impassible by other means of communication.

Here is a good review of the episode 016 HSWTL The Age of Non-Reason of HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?, December 23, 2007:

Together with the advent of the “drug Age” was the increased interest in the West in  the religious experience of Hinduism and Buddhism. Schaeffer tells us that: “This grasping for a nonrational meaning to life and values is the central reason that these Eastern religions are so popular in the West today.”  Drugs and Eastern religions came like a flood into the Western world.  They became the way that people chose to find meaning and values in life.  By themselves or together, drugs and Eastern religion became the way that people searched inside themselves for ultimate truth.

Along with drugs and Eastern religions there has been a remarkable increase “of the occult appearing as an upper-story hope.”  As modern man searches for answers it “many moderns would rather have demons than be left with the idea that everything in the universe is only one big machine.”  For many people having the “occult in the upper story of nonreason in the hope of having meaning” is better than leaving the upper story of nonreason empty. For them horror or the macabre are more acceptable than the idea that they are just a machine.

Francis Schaeffer has correctly argued:

The universe was created by an infinite personal God and He brought it into existence by spoken word and made man in His own image. When man tries to reduce [philosophically in a materialistic point of view] himself to less than this [less than being made in the image of God] he will always fail and he will always be willing to make these impossible leaps into the area of nonreason even though they don’t give an answer simply because that isn’t what he is. He himself testifies that this infinite personal God, the God of the Old and New Testament is there. 

Johnny Cash had a long struggle with drugs and his story was told in an earlier post.

Breaking The Habit [Official Music Video] – Linkin Park

Breaking the Habit (song)

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Breaking the Habit” is a song by American rockband Linkin Park. It is the ninth track from their second studio album, Meteora, and was released as the fifth and final single from the album. The song was a hit; it became the fifth consecutive single from Meteora to reach number one on the BillboardModern Rock Tracks chart, a feat unmatched by any other artist in the history of that chart. It was also the third single from the album to reach number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[4] The song also peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[5][6] The song was also successful in many other countries, except in the UK where it became their first single to chart outside of the top thirty, faring only better than their previous single “From the Inside” which failed to chart. On September 4, 2012, “Breaking the Habit”, “Shadow of the Day“, “New Divide“, and “Burn It Down” were released in the “Linkin Park Pack 02” as downloadable content for the music rhythm video game, Rock Band 3.[7]


“Breaking the Habit” features a strong electronica-influenced opening, live strings and guitar. It is an exception from their previous nu metal/rap rockperformances as no distorted guitar riffs are included nor are there any rapping vocals from Mike Shinoda, a style they would further explore on their later albums.

A common misconception about the song is that it was written by lead singer Chester Bennington due to his struggles with substance abuse. Band member Mike Shinoda began writing the song before he met Bennington based on another close friend’s drug addiction.

In the album notes, it was said that the song was originally going to be an instrumental track lasting a little over three and a half minutes, but Shinoda was convinced by the band to change it. The instrumental was later released on the Underground 9.0 Fan Club as a demo track titled “Drawing”.

Shinoda had a lyrical idea of an emotion he had been trying to express for 5 to 6 years before the production of Meteora. To him, the lyrics had sounded wrong until listening to the “Drawing” demo one night and they fell together.[8] He showed the lyrics he wrote to Bennington who read them and teared up, relating to the words to a point where he had difficulty performing the song live for almost a year after the release of Meteora.

An original 2002 demo of this song with different lyrics and Shinoda on lead vocals appears on LP Underground XIV.

Music videoEdit

The music video for “Breaking the Habit” was animated by Studio Gonzo;[9] it was directed by Joe Hahn and co-produced by Eric Calderon. It uses an anime stylization which was supervised by Kazuto Nakazawa, who had previously directed the animated segment of Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill: Volume 1 among other things.[10][11] The video was shot of the band performing the song and was later rotoscoped.[12] The video has gone on to be a favorite amongst MTV viewers, going as far as winning the 2004 MTV VMA Viewer’s Choice Award.

As the video begins, a deceased man is shown lying on a car’s roof. The surrounding area has been taped off and is littered with investigating police officers as well as onlookers. The video cuts to another character, a girl who breaks a mirror, then writes “I’m nothing” onto a sheet of paper. She picks up a shard of glass, clenches it in her hand, and smears her blood on the note. Throughout the different scenes, a wisp of smoke meanders around the characters as their stories play out, and the human face of Chester Bennington singing the song flashes various times. Another character is a young woman throwing tomatoes at a man. At a point, the ubiquitous smoke drifts over the deceased man’s body and enters his mouth, and the video begins to seemingly rewind itself, the woman throwing tomatoes at the man who is her husband or boyfriend, is shown coming home to see the man with another woman in bed suggesting they just had sex. The body of the deceased man begins to rise, falling in reverse, towards the roof of a tall building. It is revealed that the body is that of Chester, who had apparently fallen to his death. Upon landing on the roof, he joins with the rest of the band in performing the remainder of the song.

As of July 2022, the song has 280 million views on YouTube.

There is also a second music video, titled “Breaking the Habit (05.28.04 3:37 PM)”, showing the band in their studio performing the song. The video was directed by Kimo Proudfoot and is available on the Breaking the Habit DVD.[13][14][15]


The video for “Breaking the Habit” is available on iTunes, along with a live video version of the video. The live video was taken from the Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes DVD concert.[16][17][18]


“Breaking the Habit” has been ranked among the best Linkin Park songs by Billboard (6th),[19]Stereogum (2nd),[20] and The Independent.[21]

Live performancesEdit

“Breaking the Habit” was not initially performed in the tour for Meteora, until it received a full performance on November 15, 2003, in San Bernardino. Since then, it has found itself in the majority of their concerts. From its debut up until the end of the tour cycle for the band’s 3rd album, Minutes to Midnight, “Breaking the Habit” was played with a piano intro, where the first verse and chorus were played, and after that, the actual song would start. “Breaking the Habit” is also sometimes played live with an extended outro consisting of an a cappella performance of the chorus. After Linkin Park’s ‘Concert for the Philippines’ on January 11, 2014, “Breaking the Habit” was dropped from the band’s setlist. It would not be played live again until May 17, 2015, at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Linkin Park.

“Breaking the Habit”
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
B-sideCrawling” (live)”Session”
ReleasedJune 14, 2004
GenreAlternative rock[1]electronic rock[2]electronica[3]
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Linkin Park1
Producer(s)Don GilmoreLinkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
From the Inside” 
(2004)”Breaking the Habit” 
Music video
“Breaking the Habit” on YouTube
1.“Breaking the Habit”3:16
2.Crawling” (Live)3:30
3.“Breaking the Habit” (Video)3:16


Linkin Park

Additional musicians

  • Joel Derouin, Charlie Bisharat, Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Michelle Richards, Mark Robertson – violins
  • Evan Wilson, Bob Becker – violas
  • Larry Corbett, Dan Smith – cellos
  • David Campbell – strings arrangement


Weekly chartsEdit2004 weekly chart performance for “Breaking the Habit”Chart (2004)Peak
positionAustralia (ARIA)[22]23Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23]43Canada Rock Top 30 (Radio & Records)[24]2Czech Republic (IFPI)[25]4France (SNEP)[26]27Germany (Official German Charts)[27]25Ireland (IRMA)[28]46Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[29]19Netherlands (Single Top 100)[30]41New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[31]27Poland (ZPAV)[32]1Scotland (OCC)[33]41Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34]56UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[35]3UK Singles (OCC)[36]39US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[37]1US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[38]25US Billboard Hot 100[39]20US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[40]15US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[41]1Chart (2017)Peak
position2017 weekly chart performance for “Breaking the Habit”Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[42]69Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[43]99US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[44]12
Year-end chartsEditYear-end chart performance for “Breaking the Habit”Chart (2004)PositionUS Billboard Hot 100[45]79



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