MP3 My Life Story - Megaphone Theology
The double album spans from 1993 – 2000 and contains over 40 tracks accompanied by extensive sleeve notes from Shillingford.
40 MP3 Songs
POP: British Pop, POP: New Wave
Megaphone Theology (B Sides & Rarities)
Release Date: 9th April 2007
Jake Shillingford, founder of cult orchestral alternative band My Life Story releases ‘Megaphone Theology (B Sides & Rarities)’ on 9th April.
The double album spans from 1993 – 2000 and contains over 40 tracks accompanied by extensive sleeve notes from Shillingford. As one of the pioneers of the DIY approach to making and selling music, he releases the album through his own label Exilophone via Shellshock.
A key player during the Britpop years, the 13-piece ensemble was a huge favourite on the live circuit with flamboyant shows and a loyal following. After a 6-year hiatus, Jake reformed the band in 2006 with all thirteen original members to promote a ‘best of ‘ album to sell out crowds at the Mean Fiddler in May and the Astoria in December.
‘Megaphone Theology’ is a two cd album set. CD1 entitled ‘Going Out’ offers up-tempo glam/new wave influenced stompers while soulful orchestral ballads proffer an invitation to ‘Stay In’ on CD2.
B-sides sit alongside some previously unreleased material including demo versions of hits such as ‘It’s a Girl Thing’ and crowd favourites like ‘If You Can’t Live Without Me Then Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?’ as well as previously unreleased songs such as ‘Grieve’.
MLS were first spotted in 1993 by Giles Martin, (son of Beatles legend George) and offered downtime at his Dad’s studio. The debut single ‘Girl A, Girl B, Boy C’ was born, a love triangle with a big band soundtrack. All foxy horns and horny foxes, it was released by indie label Mother Tongue and possessed a sassy swing which sounded gloriously out of place in the year of grunge. NME and Melody Maker made it ''Single Of The Week''.
Releasing the debut album ‘Mornington Crescent’ to critical acclaim also on Mother Tongue, MLS toured extensively, headlining over Oasis and supporting Blur and Pulp. In 1996, MLS signed to Parlophone and released their second album ‘The Golden Mile’. All five singles from the album became top forty hits including favourites ‘12 Reasons Why I Love Her’, ‘Sparkle’ and ‘Strumpet’.
The My Life Story orchestra were in high demand during the Britpop era, with notable appearances on the Morrissey track ‘Interlude’, and collaborations with Marc Almond and PJ Proby on the 1996 album Legend. By 1999 Jake felt he’d taken the pop plus orchestra formula to its natural end and MLS tested the water with the spikey and electronic, ‘If You Can’t Live Without Me Then Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?’ as the UK’s first ever download only single!
The subsequent album, ‘Joined up Talking’ came out in 2000 on IT Records and spawned the band’s sixth top forty hit ‘It’s a Girl Thing’.
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Exilophone Records/Shellshock Cat: Ei072
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