Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (album)

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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 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 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 reception[edit]

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 listing[edit]

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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