Where Is My Mind? Music's Most Philosophical Songs

21 April 2018, 08:00

Indie Thinker

Deep-thinkers, theorizers and chin-strokers unite - it’s an INDIE PHILOSOPHY XLIST!

Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

This Pixies track may be one of the biggest anthems to get intoxicated to, but they do pose a pertinent question. After all, Gilbert Ryle's Concept Of The Mind rejects the notion that the mind is separate from the body.

Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are

"I think therefore I am," said French philosopher Rene Descartes. The concept of self is crystallised by the very act of thinking.

Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life

"Libraries gave us power... then work came and set us free." As Karl Marx said: "The rich will do anything for the poor... except get off their backs."

The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be

Challenging the concept of time – particularly Hans Reichenbach’s theory of conventionalism – stating that we can never truly apprehend the length of time. So how long is forever, how soon is now? Nobody knows…

The Charlatans - Love Is The Key

As the great psychedelic thinker Timothy Leary once said: "If you don't like what you are going, you can always pick up the needle and move to another groove."

Editors - An End Has A Start

"You came on your own, that's how you leave." Another stark reminder of the futility of life and the loneliness of death. As Sartre wrote: "You are your life, and nothing else."


Modest Mouse - Float On

So we press on, boats against the currents… at the end of the day, are we merely floating in the universe?

The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Closely related to John Stuart Mill's concept of Utilitarianism, suggesting that human action is only worthwhile if it contributes to maximising human happiness, not just selfish personal want and desire. Of course, The Stones were probably talking about women and drugs... 

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

"See I've already waited too long, and all my hope is gone." Morrissey's finest example of bedroom poet philosophy, confronting the very essence of time.

Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies

An anti-humanist track, more aligned to the sort of sceptical-existentialism that Albert Camus ascribes to the human battle for survival in an absurd world.

Echo And The Bunnymen - Nothing Lasts Forever

Interesting that they battle with a Buddhist concept of the soul having no permanent attachment to a physical state, meaning there is nothing forever.  But how can we decide what nothing is, when we construct our notion of nothing in opposition to something? And what happens if someone makes something out of nothing?

John Lennon - Instant Karma

The former Beatles looks at the theory of action and inaction in terms of instant gratification. Can karma be attained immediately, like a cup of instant coffee? *rubs chin, thoughtfully*

The Strokes - Is This It?

'Is this all there is?' is a question no doubt asked by every philosopher and deep thinker, but a Naturalist stance would very much suggest the only life we have is the one here on earth.


Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place

This Radiohead track might have very few words in it, but its title reflects the Hegelian belief that 'everything happens for a reason'.


The Who - Who Are You?

The Who have the right idea, since the concept of the self is arguably nothing without knowing how you relate to those around you. And how they relate to your massive power chords.

Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

Because, essentially, we will all be dust pretty soon. If you have any further questions, see me after class.