Redundant (song)

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Green Day - Redundant cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Nimrod
Released May 26, 1998
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 3:17
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
"Nice Guys Finish Last"

"Redundant" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the third single from their fifth album, Nimrod. The song failed to match the impressive chart positions of its predecessors, despite an ambitious music video.

It is one of few Green Day songs in which vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong uses an effects pedal.[citation needed]


Before the Nimrod sessions, Billie Joe Armstrong's marriage had been deteriorating, with the singer arguing with his wife Adrienne Armstrong constantly. Influenced by this conflict, Armstrong reflected on the relationship from two standpoints; the first being his passion for his wife, the second being the repetitious pattern that the relationship had fallen into. The phrase "I love you" had lost its effectiveness and seemed to be said merely out of routine.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Redundant"   3:16
2. "Redundant (Richard Dodd Medium Wide Mix)"   3:20
CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant" (Richard Dodd Medium Wide Mix) 3:16
2. "The Grouch" (live) 3:23
3. "Paper Lanterns" (live) 4:56
CD 2
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant" (Richard Dodd Medium Wide Mix) 3:16
2. "Reject" (live) 2:05
3. "She" (live) 2:26
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant" (Richard Dodd Medium Wide Mix) 3:16
2. "The Grouch" (live) 3:23
3. "Paper Lanterns" (live) 4:56
4. "Reject" (live) 2:05
5. "She" (live) 2:26
Redundant/Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) AUS CD
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant" (album version) 3:16
2. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (album version) 2:34


Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant" (Richard Dodd Medium Wide Mix) 3:16
Side B
No. Title Length
2. "The Grouch" (live) 3:23

Vinyl Box Set

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Redundant"   3:16
2. "Nice Guys Finish Last"   2:49
Side B
No. Title Length
3. "Prosthetic Head"   3:38
4. "Nice Guys Finish Last" (live) 2:58


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1]
Double A-side with "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
Australia (ARIA)[3]
Separate single version
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[4] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 27
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 16

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Redundant", directed by Mark Kohr,[7] is an homage to Zbigniew Rybczyński's short film Tango. It features the three band members performing the song in the middle of a home. The camera angle remains static for the whole duration of the video.

In the background, several people repeat various mundane tasks for the duration of the video:

  • A newspaper is thrown from offscreen.
  • A woman stretches her arms and yawns, and then collects the paper and leaves.
  • Someone takes a painting off of a wall and replaces it with a new one; then someone else comes in and replaces that painting with the one that's just been replaced.
  • An old lady walks in and tries to find her way out.
  • A young girl walks from the left side of the screen, places a box on the coffee table next to the couch, and then climbs out of a window.
  • A man in a green suit jacket walks around, picks up the box from the coffee table and leaves.
  • A man in a cowboy hat walks around.
  • A woman in a bright red dress (Dita Von Teese) removes her dress and then walks away in nothing but her bra and shorts.
  • A balding man comes in, puts on a pair of trousers, then leaves.
  • An obese man walks in from behind bringing a plant and putting it on a table by the wall.
  • A woman with a large pot picks up the plant and walks around.
  • A man and a girl walk towards a couch and begin making out.
  • A man is vacuuming.
  • A young girl in a skirt comes in through a window, looks around, and leaves.

The activity peaks near the middle of the video and declines near the end. Tré and Mike leave, but Billie Joe takes the newspaper before the woman can reach it, causing her to scream, and in some aspect, breaking the "routine".