I Keep Saying No - Mr. T-Bone & The Young Lions

from the album Nothing To Lose (2012)

I Keep Saying No by Mr. T-Bone & The Young Lions is a song that has been bouncing around my brain since my first listen.  I simply cannot get it out of my head.  I guess that means I really dig it.

Mr. T-Bone - whose actual name is Luigi De Gaspari - is a trombone player from Milan, Italy.  He and his band play an infectious style of ska that mixes the pre-reggae Jamaican ska of the late 60's with first-wave ska of late 70's London, and wraps it with a modern sensibility.  I have pretty discerning tastes when it comes to ska, and I thoroughly approve of Mr. T-Bone.

The thing that hooks me is the vocal line.  In the old Jamaican ska tradition of call and response, Mr. T-Bone sings the line "I Keep Saying No" followed by backing vocalists replying "No-o-o" in a descending manner that mimics Mr. T-Bone.  It is that response that commands you to sing along.

The vocals are supported by a bright beat that lifts you up and makes you want to dance.  The beat is perfectly complimented by bouncing bass and keyboard lines, twangy guitar, and a tight horn section.  Add to it the charisma of Mr. T-Bone and you have a great record.

Checking out his website, I see that Mr. T-Bone gives trombone lessons online using Skype.  How cool is that?  I am tempted to buy a trombone just to have the experience.

Do your self a favor and start the new year off with a great, happy song.

Click Here to watch the music video.


  1. Molto horni!! This is great! Thanks for the tip!

    1. the first girl is eating a king kong


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