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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the debut studio album by Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, released on Ninja Tune in 2000. It peaked at number 33 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[1] It was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2001 Juno Awards.[2][3]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
KidKoala CarpalTunnelSyndrome cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)
LabelNinja Tune
  • Kid Koala
  • Bullfrog
Kid Koala chronology
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some of My Best Friends Are DJs



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was made by hand-cutting vinyl records onto an 8-track recorder without computer splicing or samplers. The album took Kid Koala 4 years to record, more than the 6 months he originally told Ninja Tunes it would take.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]
Alternative Press4/5[6]
Muzik     [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [9]
Uncut     [10]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album 5 stars out of 5, saying: "It's capable of making turntablism engaging to a wider audience."[5] He added, "[Kid Koala is] able to bring so much personality and entertainment value to his work, which makes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome arguably the most appealing turntablist album yet released."[5] Matt Byrnie of PopMatters said, "Kid Koala's real charm is not his virtuosity, per se, but his ability to express the simple joy of playing with records."[12]

In 2018, the album won the Polaris Heritage Prize Jury Award in the 1996–2005 category.[13]

Track listingEdit

1."Strut Hear"0:59
3."Fender Bender"3:54
4."Drunk Trumpet"2:57
6."Barhopper 1"1:58
7."Music for Morning People"3:47
9."A Night at the Nufonia"3:53
10."Temple of Gloom"4:16
12."Like Irregular Chickens"1:55
13."Barhopper 2"3:13
14."Roll Credits"0:49


Chart (2000) Peak
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[1] 33


  1. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sum41, Kittie, Treble Charger, Nelly Furtado Get Juno Nod". Chart Attack. January 24, 2001. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "List of Juno Nominees". January 24, 2001. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Classic album: Kid Koala on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". MusicRadar. October 2, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Kid Koala". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". Alternative Press (142): 92. May 2000.
  7. ^ Mugridge, Tom (March 2000). "Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Ninja Tune)". Muzik (58): 88.
  8. ^ Mulvey, John (February 18, 2000). "Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2000. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Kid Koala". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 449–50. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ "Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". Uncut (34): 77. March 2000.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 28, 2000). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Byrnie, Matt. "Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". PopMatters. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Slingerland, Calum (October 23, 2018). "Rush, Alanis Morissette, Kid Koala Among Polaris Heritage Prize Winners". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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