Summer is officially here in Cairo; where you step out onto the scorching pavement of Cairo’s streets and automatically pine for the North Coast or one of Nuweiba’s wonderful beaches.
Whether you’re stuck in the office, a sweltering taxi, or relaxing by the pool (where we all should be), a little music can always help calm your heated nerves. Here’s a list of Cairo 360’s summertime favourites to get you in the mood.
1.‘Inaudible Melodies’ by Jack Johnson: Jack Johnson’s 2001 debut with album Brushfire Fairytales hit the acoustic rock scene by storm, earning the album a double-platinum spot on the charts. This song’s go-with-the-flow attitude and clever lyrics remind us that we need to slow down, soak in life, and use our freedom to simply think.
2.‘Good Vibrations’ by The Beach Boys: This 1966 psychedelic pop song was, and still is one of the Beach Boys’ all-time greatest hits. The use of unique instruments such as a cello and an electro-Theremin gave a unique sound to the song; earning it number six spot on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Times... take it to the beach!
3. ‘School’s Out’ by Alice Cooper: It’s in the drum roll and heavy guitar lines of the chorus. Whether you’re fresh out of school for the summer or you graduated ions ago; this track brings out the rebel in everyone, inducing a head-banging affair. Vincent Damon Furnier, aka Alice Cooper, hit it home with this 1972 hard rock classic.
4. ‘Alright’ by Supergrass: Featured on the Clueless soundtrack, this Brit-pop tune hit the surface in 1995, pretty much defining the mood of that time. From the melodic piano beats to the song’s cheery lyrics, its summery vibe sends you into an automatic feel good state. Oh, the joy of youth.
5. ‘Sunny Afternoon’ by the Kinks: Written by songwriter Ray Davies and released as a single in 1966, the song took the Kinks in a different direction from their usual power-chord rock hits. The mellow tone and the track’s lyrics embody the lovely magic and beauty that the sunshine provides.
6. ‘Sign’ by Ace of Base: The funky synthesizer and poppy tone of this 1993 Swedish dance-pop hit took us back to the glory (or horrible) days of... High School! While Ace of Base’s dance moves in the music video were far from impressive, we remember topping them by far. Take a moment and breathe in nostalgia!
7. ‘Keep the Record on Play’ by Outlandish: For good measure, this track not only features a little Arabic in their lyrics but with two of their Denmark-based band members hailing from the Middle East, they like to represent. Taken from their 2009 album, the track reminds you that music is a remedy; so soak it in and groove to the uplifting beats.
8. ‘Summertime’ performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Originally written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, Ella Fitzgerald’s 1960 recording has turned this track into a must on anyone’s summertime playlist. From Fitzgerald’s soulful voice to the jazzy atmosphere that this song expels, you may find yourself lost in a daydream.
9. ‘Who’s got the Hooch’ by Sublime: This 1993 song left everyone asking ’What exactly is hooch?’ While it’s still up for debate seventeen years later, the track remains catchy and funky; making you want a little hooch, whatever it may be. Sublime’s use of a seriously talented saxophonist pushes this song that much further into chill mode.
10. ‘Mellow Mood’ by Bob Marley: A summertime playlist couldn’t be complete without a little shout-out to our favourite Rastafarian. Written and recorded in 1973, Bob Marley and the Wailers took this mellow, calming classic to another level; giving us all a taste of what the majority of their music was about. Like the lyrics say, ’Love, sweet love, darlin’.’