Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (album)

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
KidKoala CarpalTunnelSyndrome cover.jpg
Studio album by Kid Koala
Released 22 February 2000
Length 37:52
Label Ninja Tune
ZEN34 (LP)
Producer Kid Koala, except 6 and 13 by Bullfrog
Kid Koala chronology
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some of My Best Friends Are DJs
(2003)Some of My Best Friends Are DJs2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Almost Cool 7/10 link
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
PopMatters favourable link

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the first album of turntablist Kid Koala.

The record was made by hand-cutting vinyl records onto an eight-track recorder without computer splicing or samplers. The album took Eric San 4 years to record, more than the 6 months he originally told Ninja Tunes it would take.[1]

The album was issued with a comic book drawn by Eric San himself. It detailed a DJ captured by a corporation, shrunken down to 1/10 his original size, and placed in a box of fictional Disco -o- Flakes cereal. He breaks out of the box four years later and struggles to become a DJ. The CD is enhanced with a video game modeled on Asteroids called "Vinoids," in which you have to destroy radioactive records in a "sector" of outer space.

The track "Like Irregular Chickens" is a reference to fellow Ninja Tune artist Amon Tobin's track "Like Regular Chickens" on the album Permutation, which itself references the David Lynch film Eraserhead.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Strut Hear" (0:59)
  2. "Nerdball" (1:43)
  3. "Fender Bender" (3:54)
  4. "Drunk Trumpet" (2:57)
  5. "Roboshuffle" (2:40)
  6. "Barhopper 1" (1:58)
  7. "Music For Morning People" (3:47)
  8. "Naptime" (1:34)
  9. "A Night At The Nufonia" (3:53)
  10. "Temple Of Gloom" (4:16)
  11. "Scurvy" (4:16)
  12. "Like Irregular Chickens" (1:55)
  13. "Barhopper 2" (3:13)
  14. "Roll Credits" (0:49)


  1. ^ "Classic album: Kid Koala on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome", accessed October 2, 2014 [1]