Kangaroo Court (song)

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"Kangaroo Court"
Kangaroo Court.jpg
Single by Capital Cities
from the album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
Released March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 3:43
  • Ryan Merchant
  • Sebu Simonian
  • Ryan Merchant
  • Sebu Simonian
Capital Cities singles chronology
"Safe and Sound"
"Kangaroo Court"
"I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo"
"Safe and Sound"
"Kangaroo Court"
"I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo"

"Kangaroo Court" is a song by American indie pop duo Capital Cities. The song was released as a digital download in the United States on March 27, 2012, and serves as the second single from the duo's debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

Music video[edit]

Capital Cities members Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian co-directed the music video with Carlos Lopez Estrada. The video was released on YouTube on September 5, 2013.[1] The video features appearances from Darren Criss, Shannon Woodward, and Channing Holmes. The story tells of a zebra (Merchant), who has been forbidden from a club called The Kangaroo Court. Attempting entry disguised as a horse, he falls for a lapdog (Woodward). Her date that night, a bulldog (Criss), becomes jealous and reveals the zebra for who he actually is. The zebra is placed under arrest for his crime and sent to court to face a kangaroo judge (Holmes). He is found guilty immediately and is executed by a lion (Simonian).


In October 2013, Capital Cities, Fitz and The Tantrums, and DJ Earworm released a mash-up entitled "Kangaroo League", which combined "Kangaroo Court" with Capital Cities' previous single "Safe and Sound" and Fitz and The Tantrums' "Out of My League", to promote the two groups' joint "Bright Futures" tour.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download (single)[3]
  1. "Kangaroo Court" – 3:43
  • Digital download (EP)[4]
  1. "Kangaroo Court" (radio edit) – 3:22
  2. "Kangaroo Court" (Robert DeLong remix) – 2:57
  3. "Stayin' Alive" – 4:04
  4. "One Minute More" – 3:38
  5. "Kangaroo Court" (Shook remix) – 4:10
  6. "Kangaroo Court" (Forever Kid remix) – 4:42
  • "One Minute More" is omitted from the April 1, 2014 re-issue of the digital EP.[5][6]


Chart (2013) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 81
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[8] 41
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 50

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[3][10] March 27, 2012 Digital download EMI
August 6, 2013 Modern rock radio Lazy Hooks, Capitol Records
Canada[4] December 17, 2013 Digital download (EP) Capitol Records
Italy[11] January 24, 2014 Contemporary hit radio
Canada[5] April 1, 2014 Digital download (EP)
United States[6]


  1. ^ CapitalCitiesVEVO (September 5, 2013). "Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Free Download!: 'Kangaroo League'". FitzAndTheTantrums.com. October 10, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities (Digital Download – EMI #)". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Kangaroo Court EP by Capital Cities". 7digital (CA). Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Kangaroo Court EP by Capital Cities". iTunes Store (CA). Apple. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Kangaroo Court EP by Capital Cities". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "Capital Cities – Chart History: Mexico Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Capital Cities – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Capital Cities. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ Aldi, Giorgia. "Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (Capitol)" (in Italian). Radio Airplay SRL. Retrieved July 2, 2014.