When You're Bad (That's Good)

from The State of Swing by Jack's Cats



When you’re good, that’s bad.
When You’re Bad, that’s good.
It’s too bad ‘cause you’re really quite nice.
But what good is a boy who ain’t never bad?

Come on do wrong tonight,
‘cause it feels so right,
and I know we’ll never be sad.
It’s no good if we only do what we should.

Some girls like shining knights, heroes that dress in white.
For me there’s just no thrill in all that.
Why not live dangerously? Forget propriety?
If we do it right we won’t look back.

Now I’m mad for you and
I’m glad it’s true.
I’ve forgotten all of the rest.
Because Darling, when you’re bad you’re simply the best!


from The State of Swing, released March 29, 2019
The Musicians
Jack Malmstrom: bandleader, clarinet, vocal, producer, composer
Phil Small: piano, assistant producer
Gretje (Kitten) Angell: vocal
Blake Handler: vibraphone, auxiliary percussion
Mark San Filippo: percussion
Bryan Dedlow: guitar
Marcus Buser: bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Wenzel at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, California in March 2019.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.
Music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom

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Swing clarinetist and saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the 1940s into present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers. The Cats maintain an active live schedule holding forth for audiences with hand-picked standards, forgotten gems and original tunes. Their 2019 release "The State of Swing" features 14 originals. ... more

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