Hello and welcome to my fan page dedicated to My Life Story.
I've been a fan of the band since I first heard "12 Reasons Why" on the radio back in 1996. Since then, I've been lucky enough to see them many times live, and meet the band.
This site is in fact a re-incarnation of one I wrote 5 years ago, "Welcome to my Archipelago". When I moved to the USA and gave up my UK dial up account and webspace, that site was lost.
Of course, since I last hosted a My Life Story fan site, the band have sadly broken up. So why do a site for a defunct band? Well, I wanted to revive the project whilst the band was still active, but I didn't have the time to devote to a makeover or indeed have the web space available to host the site. However since both those situations have been remedied, and I still felt that MLS deserved another web monument, here it is!
I updated the site in October 2003 using css style sheets, so it should look pretty now no matter what browser you're using. If the site doesn't display properly, please email me and let me know what platform/browser you're using, and I'll see if there's anything I can do about it.
The band played farewell gigs in December 2000 before going their separate ways. The full band played a hat-trick of London shows just before Christmas, playing 3 retrospective sets at The Underworld in Camden Town on the 13th, 14th and 15th of December, performing a different set each night with an acoustic set beforehand. Material from all three studio albums was reprised.
Jake says: "We collectively felt that our musical aims had been achieved over the 3 studio albums if not our desires for world stardom!!"
It's always a shame when a good band breaks up, but every band has to end somewhere (unless you're the Rolling Stones). Three great albums and a raft of stunning live performances would seem a good place to stop.
The band's founder and lead singer, Jake Shillingford, has since gone on to found a new band with MLS's former musical arranger Aaron Cahill. Called ExileInside, you can visit their official site to find out more. Their debut album is scheduled for release in August 2002, and will be in stores and available to purchase from their site.
If you want to collect back catalogue My Life Story releases, there a number of places you can start looking. If you live outside the UK (or even if you're in the UK and want to shop mail order), then I recommend either Esprit or check out eBay where many older CDs turn up at very reasonable prices.
If you live in the UK, then second hand shops and record fairs will provide happy hunting grounds. If you tend to shop strictly HMV/Virgin/Our Price and other high street record stores, you'll likely come up empty handed on the singles front, and any MLS albums that they do have will probably be pricey!
Whilst you're here, why not take a look at one or more of our sister sites? Visit Angeleyes, which features the UK sister songwriting duo of Alisha's Attic, or A Slice Of Peach, where the classy '90s pop band Peach is archived in this exclusive new site. Recently added to our roster of sites is Deep Space, showcasing the talents of singer/songwriter Louis Eliot and his band Rialto.
If anyone has any comments on this site, or any questions, please feel free to email me. Thanks for your visit and enjoy the site, and please sign our guestbook/message board on your way out!
October 2, 2003.