Timm Mulhern’s Cowbell Superstar celebrates David Bowie and Roxy Music with a glammed up gig at North Franklin’s Ukie Club.
Fifty years ago today, on June 16, 1972, David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and Roxy Music’s “Roxy Music” were released on the same day. Famously, by September and December of that same year, both Bowie and Roxy Music’s impact as culture-changing, fashion-forward, adventurous glam-pop musicians came alive when they made their U.S. concert debuts. Both, very early on, in Philadelphia. It is no shock then that New Hope-based guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Timm Mulhern’s Cowbell Superstar would rear its pretty head at Philly’s Ukie Club on North Franklin Street in celebration of said anniversary.
Based on the premise of “carrying the torch of 70’s glam with a fresh slant, and a touch of good old punk and metal,” and, with a 2020 self-titled EP to prove it, Mulhern once told me that the music that he makes as part of Cowbell Superstar comes down to destiny, drive and dreams.
When the New Hope native was a kid, Mulhern had a dream he knew he could execute: he wanted to be a rock star. That wasn’t the stuff of pipedreams; Mulhern was a smart and bourgeoning songwriter, guitarist and singer with an eye and ear for glam theatricalities like the schoolboy outfits of AC/DC and Ziggy-era Bowie, and serious chops equaled only by his level of ambition. “I was driven. Had a real taste for it,” he told me then. Add a dash of the New York Dolls, and eventually bring in Philadelphia powerhouse drummer Michael Mosley, and the dream is complete.