Camp Freddy's Billy Morrison Highlights His 10 Most Important Cultural Events of the 1970s
Editor's Note: For Angelenos, guitarist Billy Morrison is perhaps best known for his work with all-star cover band Camp Freddy, which also features core members Dave Navarro (guitar), Matt Sorum (drums), Donovan Leitch, Jr. (vocals), Chris Chaney (bass). Indie 103.1 fans no doubt know him from Camp Freddy Radio, which ran on the station on Saturday nights. Morrison has played guitar with the Cult and proto-indie band Into a Circle, and is a member of Circus Diablo. In honor of Camp Freddy's return to the Roxy tomorrow night, we've asked members of the band to chime in on their favorite music of the decades. Tomorrow night's Roxy show will feature music of the 1970s, and in honor of this we're happy to turn the reigns over to Morrison to highlight ten great things of that decade. In the coming weeks, band members will provide lists of highlights from the '80s and '90s.
Top 10 Most Important Events Of The Seventies
By Billy Morrison
The Seventies. Now let's get something straight here.... I was a kid in the '70s. So most of my memorable '70s moments are after the fact ...like the whole Ziggy Stardust thing. I know it was seminal, life-changing stuff... a man in a dress singing about aliens is right up my street! But I was about three-years-old so I can't honestly say I remember it. I came to understand the importance of Bowie and appreciate the genius of his music as I grew up. You get my point. But I can say that I learned about the seventies in detail, and that a huge portion of my musical influences reside firmly in that decade. So with that said, here goes with my "Top 10 Most Important Events Of The Seventies."
10. David Bowie achieves God-like status as a sexually promiscuous Rock Star named Ziggy Stardust. His penchant for make up, high heels and insanely beautiful music cements him in the history books as the man your mother warned you about.
9. British rock music came of age. Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Judas Priest and others stormed around the globe, frightening small children and religious congregations and turned their amps to 11. Heavy Metal music was born, screaming loudly and shaking the world's musical foundations.
8. We were given the gifts of Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever. A decidedly camp Mark Hamill kicked Darth Vader's ass and we all loved him for it. John Travolta made white suits and black shirts cool. The Bee Gees became even more wealthy than they already were - and we all danced.
7: The Pontiac Trans-Am became the symbol of cool as Burt Reynolds appears in the 90-minute car chase known as Smokey And The Bandit. The real star of the movie is the car, though, and every red-blooded boy decides that an eagle on the hood of their car will get them laid.