"Redundant" is a single by Green Day and the fourth track from their album Nimrod. The song failed to match the impressive chart positions of its predecessors, despite an ambitious music video for MTV.
Redundant / Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) AU Single:
Before the Nimrod sessions, Billie Joe Armstrong's marriage had become troubled, 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 pattern the relationship fell into. The phrase "I love you" had lost its effectiveness and seemed to be said merely out of routine.
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|1998||UK Singles Chart||27|
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1. (double A-side with Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).
2. (separate single version).
The music video for "Redundant", directed by Mark Kohr, 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:
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".