Judge, Jury and Executioner

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"Judge, Jury and Executioner"
Single by Atoms for Peace
from the album Amok
B-side S.A.D.
Released January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07) (download)
March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19) (12")[1]
Format 12", digital download
Genre Experimental rock, electronic
Length 3:30
Label XL
Writer(s) Atoms for Peace
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Atoms for Peace chronology
"Judge, Jury and Executioner"

"Judge, Jury and Executioner" is a 2013 single by the supergroup Atoms for Peace.[1][2][3][4] It is the second single from their debut album, Amok, preceded by "Default". It was made available for sale on iTunes on January 7, 2013 and was released as a 12" vinyl on March 19, 2013.[1]


The song firstly debuted live in the band's U.S. tour in October 2009 and April 2010.[5] The song was released digitally on January 7, 2013, after its broadcast on BBC Radio 1.[2] The fans who pre-ordered the album were able to free download the song. A music video, composed of visuals by Tarik Barri, was released simultaneously.[1] The limited vinyl version of the single, with an accompanying b-side "S.A.D." was released on March 19, 2012.[1]

A hidden live video of the song, recorded in Fuji Rock Festival was released on the band's official website.[6][7]

"Judge, Jury and Executioner" is also an alternate name for "Myxomatosis", a song by Thom Yorke's band Radiohead, released on their album, "Hail to the Thief".[8]


The song generally met with positive reviews, despite being likened to the works of Radiohead and Thom Yorke's solo material. Will Hermes of Rolling Stone gave it a 3.5 star out of 5, with praising "Yorke's swarming choral-style" and Flea's basslines, and describing it as "a morph between Flea's instrument and Yorke's humming".[9] Daniel Kreps of Spin depicted the earlier version of the song as "a dark, aggressive centerpiece among the post-Eraser material", while calling the album version as "mellower and more harmonious".[5] Kia Makarechi of The Huffington Post extensively compared the song with the works of Radiohead, claiming that the band is "a sonic extension of Radiohead".[4] David Greenwald of Billboard also described the song as "a blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, with Yorke's voice floating over wordless background vocals and insistent percussion".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Judge, Jury and Executioner"   3:30
2. "S.A.D."   5:35
Total length:


  1. ^ a b c d e Battan, Carrie and Amy Phillips (January 7, 2013). "Listen/Watch: New Single From Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace: "Judge Jury and Executioner"". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Young, Alex (January 7, 2013). "New Music: Atoms For Peace – "Judge, Jury and Executioner"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nelson, Michael (January 7, 2013). "Atoms For Peace – "Judge, Jury And Executioner"". Stereogum. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Makarechi, Kia (January 8, 2013). "'Judge, Jury And Executioner': Atoms For Peace Track Recalls Radiohead, Again (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (January 7, 2013). "Hear Atoms for Peace's 'Judge, Jury and Executioner' Lightened Up for 'Amok'". Spin. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hidden Atoms For Peace 'Judge Jury and Executioner' live video uncovered". NME. February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Snapes, Laura (February 15, 2013). "Watch Atoms for Peace Perform "Judge Jury and Executioner" Live in Japan, Hidden on Their Website". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Greenwald, David (January 7, 2013). "Atoms for Peace Release 'Judge Jury and Executioner': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (January 11, 2013). "Atoms for Peace "- Judge Jury and Executioner"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 

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