Despite being named after a desktop icon, My Computer are really quite special indeed. Two guys with an uncanny ability to cram as many genres of music into one record as possible, gathering praise from the music press left right and centre, but as yet shamefully lagging in the sales department.
It's difficult to understand why anyone wouldn't like Lonely. Surprisingly not about spending too much time on the Internet, it's two and a half minutes of the most mindless, straightforward power-punk from one of the cleverest bands around. Genius. "I'm so lonely / Won"t somebody phone me," they sigh, before breaking into a furious cacophony about isolation.
Produced by John Leckie, he of Radiohead, The Stone Roses and a whole bunch of hugely influential British bands, Lonely is My Computer letting off some steam. It bounces around distorted guitars, crashing drums and aggravated vocal, shutting down with a bang, as if someone literally pulled the plug. Maybe they're angry that their musical alchemy is going un-rewarded. Maybe with tunes this good they couldn't care less.