The Rock City archives: 2016

CJ Wildheart (in Rock City Basement), Rock City Basement

  • Sunday 28th February 2016

CJ released his first solo album Thirteen in 2007 under the moniker "CJ & The Satellites". The album was supported with live dates in the UK and China but were quickly put on hiatus due to The reformation of The Wildhearts. The album was reissued on CD and vinyl in 2014.

On January 31st 2014 CJ announced the preorder for his first solo album in 7 years, which was initially available through the Pledgemusic platform The album was named after his favourite chicken.

Achieving 377% of his initial target the album was commercially released on August 4th 2014 peaking at number 23 in the UK album chart and debuting at Number 2 in the Official UK Rock Chart and Number 2 in Independent Album Breakers Chart, his highest chart positions as a solo artist.

Reviews were very positive across the board with The Sun newspaper commenting "CJ Unleashes a scorching summer rock treat" and awarding it 4/5.

Uber Rock commented "Not many albums will touch 'Mable' this year", 'Mable' scored highly in end of year poll lists including Number 2 in Pure Rawk Album of the year List, Number 6 in the Uber Rock Album of the year list, and Number 1 in the Rock 'n' Roll Geek Show album of the year list.

On the 6th March 2015 Mable received the "Album of The Year" award at the Pure Rawk Awards held in London.