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jaine henderson
lights
associated with band: february 1978 - august 1980

Jaine pictured modelling in the 1980s Jaine Henderson, provided the lightshow for the band, which was literally four light bulbs, four on and off switches, and a large perspex head with a blue police light in it (which only lasted for a handful of gigs as it was so shabby.)

She also drew up the early Simple Minds artwork, using an image of Jim's head which later evolved into the 'Red Eye' logo. In fact, she was also responsible for his early 'basin-bowl' haircut from the 1978-1979 era.

Her brother David, was also involved, being the "sound and ideas" man.

However, with David being ousted in early 1980 to make way for Billy Worton, her role in the group became more isolated. The writing was on the wall by early 1981: she didn't fit in with the macho world of touring, she'd become romantically associated with Jim (leading to mutterings that the lighting was to enhance him and not the rest of the band), and roadcrew and management were now talking about getting more 'professional' lighting.

Her last gig as lighting engineer was August 28th 1980 at the Hammersmith Palais.

(The picture shows her as a model for L'oreal taken at a later date).




family tree

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live appearances

Simple Minds 1978 (Lights)
Life In A Day tour (Lights)
Real To Real Cacophony tour (Lights)
Empires And Dance 1980 tour (Lights)