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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (album)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the first studio album by Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, released on Ninja Tune in 2000. It peaked at number 33 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[4] It was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2001 Juno Awards.[5][6]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
KidKoala CarpalTunnelSyndrome cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)
LabelNinja Tune
ProducerKid Koala, Bullfrog
Kid Koala chronology
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some of My Best Friends Are DJs
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB+[2]



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.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album 5 stars out of 5, saying: "It's capable of making turntablism engaging to a wider audience."[1] 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."[1] 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."[3]

In 2018, the album won the Polaris Heritage Prize Jury Award in the 1996-2005 category.[8]

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 Peak
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[4] 33


  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Kid Koala". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kid Koala". Christgau's Consumer Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Byrnie, Matt. "Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". PopMatters. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 27 February 2000 - 04 March 2000". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sum41, Kittie, Treble Charger, Nelly Furtado Get Juno Nod". Chart Attack. January 24, 2001. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "List of Juno Nominees". January 24, 2001. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Classic album: Kid Koala on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". MusicRadar. October 2, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Rush, Alanis Morissette, Kid Koala Among Polaris Heritage Prize Winners". Exclaim!, October 23, 2018.

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