London-based orchestral indiepop band active through TheNineties. Very much a vehicle for frontman Jake Shillingford, whose songs tended to express a very cynical view of modern (and particularly London) life.

By the time orchestral arrangements in pop came back into fashion in the mid-1990s, My Life Story had already been plugging away for several years and were well-placed to take advantage of the trend. Their second album ''The Golden Mile'' brought them moderate success but they never had quite the same critical cachet or popular success as The Divine Comedy, and after being dropped by Parlophone, a third album ''Joined Up Talking'' attempted to reposition them as a traditional guitar-bass-drums-keybaords quartet, albeit still with orchestral backing.

!!This band provides examples of:

* AlwaysSecondBest - to Music/TheDivineComedy. So much so that when The Divine Comedy's contract with their indie label expired, Parlophone ''dropped'' My Life Story and signed them instead.
* AntiLoveSong - Debuted with one, "Girl A, Girl B, Boy C", and returned to the theme constantly.
* AttentionWhore - the target of many of Jake's lyrical [[TakeThat Take Thats]] (which see).
* AudienceParticipationSong - "12 Reasons Why I Love Her". In live performance, the audience is cued by having someone on stage hold up sheets with the numbers on, which are then screwed up and discarded into the crowd. People take them home as souvenirs.
* BaroquePop - Jake usually called it "Pop Baroque", but same thing.
* BritPop - they were one of the also-rans of the movement.
* BlahBlahBlah - "Emerald Green Blah Blah Blah" (in the title rather than the lyric, as it was one of a succession of different settings of "Emerald Green").
* {{Bowdlerise}} - "The King Of Kissingdom", in its radio edit, was bowdlerised to remove a drug reference, "The King of Kissingdom made a decree / Go to work on an E" became "...on an ego".
* BSide - issued a 40-track collection of B-sides.
* CoverVersion - "Outdoor Miner" (Wire), "Mr Boyd" (Roger Hodgson), "Duchess" (TheStranglers).
* DramaticTimpani - "You Don't Sparkle"
* EpicInstrumentalOpener - "17 Reasons Why I Love Her".
* ExactWords - The Enhanced [=CD=] of ''The Golden Mile'' included a game in which reaching the target score would reward you with a picture of Jake in the nude. If you beat it (it required perfect play but was quite possible once you'd figured out the knack), you did indeed get to see a nude photo of Jake... as a baby.
* GenreRoulette - Especially during their time on Parlophone, they would throw everything from chamber music to glam rock into the mix.
* IAmTheBand - It was always Jake Shillingford 's show.
* IdiosyncraticCoverArt - A picture on a single-colour background, with the group name beneath. Carried through the first two albums and their attendant singles, and revived for Jake's solo album.
* {{Instrumentals}} - Only one straight instrumental, "Florence's Theme", though there are also instrumental versions of "Sparkle" (two of which are solo piano interpretations by Danny Turner with no other performers appearing, even Jake himself).
* LeastRhymableWord - discussed in "Emerald Green" which notes that Orange "doesn't have a rhyme".
* ListSong - "12 Reasons Why I Love Her" (and its extended version, "17 Reasons Why I Love Her"), "Emerald Green".
* LondonTown[=/=]UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground - "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Angel" (as in Angel, Islington), and a few others. Also the title of the album ''Mornington Crescent'', supposedly a concept album about Jake moving to London, though it's not exactly obvious.
* LongTitle - "There's Nothing For Nobody And Everybody Wants To Be Someone". And a paradoxical example, "E.G.M.C.M.X.C.I.X."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - at one point they had 17 official members.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane - The nature of the "friends" in "Stood Amongst Friends" is open to intepretation. Could be mysterious forces of destiny... or could just be the characters' friends.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness - Generally around 6 or 7. A lot of the characters in the songs are jerks, and love, when not merely illusory, is usually just a prelude to adultery and recrimination.
* ProperLady - "Lady Somerset"
* RearrangeTheSong - Two songs in particular got this treatment: "Sparkle" (original, a string quintet version, a completely re-recorded pop version and two distinct solo piano interpretations) and "Emerald Green" (six released versions, ranging through guitar pop, a romantic string version, piano ballad, psychedlic rock and a weird ambient version)
* SillyLoveSongs - Surprisingly few as Jake is normally on the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, but "12 Reasons Why I Love Her" plays it straight, and "I Don't Believe In Love" is also an example, which for bonus points pulls the same BaitAndSwitch as the trope namer.
* StalkerWithACrush - "Checkmate" may be about this, unless it really [[LiteralMetaphor is about chess]]
* StepUpToTheMicrophone - trumpeter Roxanna Shirley duets with Jake on "Lady Somerset"
* StopAndGo - "Angel"
* StreetMusician - Jake originally recruited members by approaching music students busking on the London Underground.
* TakeThat - Jake doesn't like posers and devotes a significant chunk of his repertoire to songs mocking them. Just among the singles there's "Funny Ha Ha", "The King Of Kissingdom", "Strumpet", "Empire Line" and maybe "Sparkle" (though it can also be interpreted as an AntiLoveSong),
* TrainSong - "Angel"
* UnpluggedVersion - A few. The ''Mornington Crescent Companion'' EP was a collection of these.
* UpperClassTwit - The eponymous protagonist of "Sir Richard Steele".