Doll by Doll Review from Burnt Offering Issue 4. Published 1st May 1979



The Russians

Gig reviews:
The Damned/UK Subs – The Lyceum
Coil/Deadly Fun – Racecourse  Pavilion
Deja Vu – The White Elephant
Doll By Doll – the County Ground
The Isaws – The Old Cromwell
Punishment Of Luxury/Resistance – Bedford Corn exchange
Bauhaus 1919/The Russians – Five Bells
Guillotine – Racecourse Pavilion
The Members – Chelsea Nightclub
Rock & Folk contest – Oxford Poly

Album reviews:
Mission Accomplished – The Rezillos

Buying and selling rare records by Tony, Memory Lane, Bridge Street

Tich, Gobbing Thistle, RTP, Areal Auto Matic, Smart Alec

Advert on back cover – Throbbing Gristle at The Guildhall supported by Bauhaus 1919




The UK Subs
The Operators

Gig reviews:
Isaws/Bauhaus 1919 – at the Scrubbers Ball
The Buzzcocks/Ludus –  at Coventry Theatre
Isaws – at The White Elephant
The Pirates
The Radio Stars/Johnny G

Album reviews:
Scared To Dance – The Skids
TRB2 – Tom Robinson Band

Leicester Punk Bands 

Tich, Gobbing Thistle, RTP, Areal Auto Matic, Eddie Saint

Advert on back cover – Isaws



The Isaws

Gig reviews:
GRIP/The Isaws/The Sneaks/Falix – at the Racecourse Pavilion
Punishment Of Luxury/ENS –  at the County Ground

Album reviews:
Inflammable Material – Stiff Little Fingers
The Stranglers Live (X Cert)
Valley Of The Dolls – Generation X

Single Reviews:
Into The Valley – Skids
Take It All Away – Girlschool
English Civil War – Clash
Rubber Cars – Wasps
Something Else – Sex Pistols
Sunday Papers – Joe Jackson
Bernie Torme Band EP
Stop Your Sobbing – Pretenders

Comment on death of Sid Vicious

Tich, Gobbing Thistle, RTP, Areal Auto Matic

Advert on back cover – Acme Clothing Co



Wreckless Eric

Gig reviews:
Wreckless Eric/The Softies
Adam & The Ants/Monochrome Set,

Album reviews:
Armed Forces – Elvis Costello and The Attractions
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

Single Reviews:
The Sound of the Suburbs – Members
Where’s Bill Grundy Now EP – TV Personalities
Just Thirteen – The Lurkers
Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees – Leighton Buzzards
Get Over You – Undertones
Out Door Miner – Wire

Rock Against Racism
Review of TV BBC “Look Hear”
Guide to Northampton Record Shops (Spinadisc, John Lever, Gooses, Memory Lane

Tich, Gobbing Thistle, RTP, Areal Auto Matic


Burnt Offering was a punk/new wave fanzine in Northampton, UK that lasted for 10 issues in 1979/1980. It had a small circulation mainly sold at local gigs for ten pence a copy by the contributors. It had a mixture of gig reviews, record reviews, and interviews of both local and national artists. The pages were put together as a collage of typed and handwritten pieces, interspersed with drawings and photos. Once assembled the pages were photocopied and stapled.

The true founder, editor and leader was Martin ‘Tich’ Kircaldy, supported initially by Gobbing Thistle, A-Real Automatic and addition to the Wikipedia reference (possibly written by an Isaw), you can find references via the Liverpool Museum  Beat Goes Online exhibition. You can also find a few front covers via this link: Bored Teenagers

One of the Northampton bands that featured heavily in the fanzine was the Isaws. Who also used the name for a CD of Isaws music in 2003, and used the logo image for Burnt Offering as the cover for the CD.

The venues in Northampton at the time were The Paddock in Harpole; Roadmender, Racecourse Pavilion, Bantam, Five Bells, County Ground, Nene College (hosted the UK Subs), and the Guildhall (where Bauhaus supported Magazine).

If anyone has found any other references to Burnt Offering Fanzine either on-line or in books let me know.

I have all the copies of the fanzine and plan to upload them somehow.