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July 8, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Operating out of an Orange County recording studio, producer Jon St. James has done his part to keep alive the myth of the star-making show-biz Svengali. First there was Stacey Swain, who was hanging out at a party at St. James' studio when he decided that her unusual combination of exotic sultriness and little-girl fragility would make her the ideal focal point for a techno-pop vehicle he was tuning up in his head.
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July 8, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Operating out of an Orange County recording studio, producer Jon St. James has done his part to keep alive the myth of the star-making show-biz Svengali. First there was Stacey Swain, who was hanging out at a party at St. James' studio when he decided that her unusual combination of exotic sultriness and little-girl fragility would make her the ideal focal point for a techno-pop vehicle he was tuning up in his head.
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April 17, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM
Jon St. James, pop music technocrat, sits in a dimly lit cockpit of buttons, levers and knobs. There is a serious commercial stake in the task at hand, but St. James, wearing a golf hat and shades in a recording studio as safe from sunlight as a bomb shelter, is behaving like a kid in a video arcade. Or, more accurately, an audio arcade. St.
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April 17, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM
Jon St. James, pop music technocrat, sits in a dimly lit cockpit of buttons, levers and knobs. There is a serious commercial stake in the task at hand, but St. James, wearing a golf hat and shades in a recording studio as safe from sunlight as a bomb shelter, is behaving like a kid in a video arcade. Or, more accurately, an audio arcade. St.
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March 14, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Promoter David J. Gaar of Westminster is changing the location of the Cajun-zydeco dance parties he has been throwing on the third Saturday of each month. Starting with a Bad Boys Zydeco Band gig March 21, the place will change from the Sunset Beach Club in Orange to the Meadowlark Cafe, 6197 Ball Road, Cypress. Coming attractions include the Joe Simien Cajun Band, April 18; John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys, May 17, and the Cheryl Cormier Cajun Band, June 20.
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March 13, 1988 | CONNIE JOHNSON
** STACEY Q. "Hard Machine." Atlantic. ** 1/2 BARDEUX. "Bold as Love." Synthicide/Enigma. Baby vocals emanating from very grown women is not a new concept in pop music. Groups like the Ronettes and the Supremes wrote the book on the subject in the '60s, and Madonna's offshoots continue to add new chapters.
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July 1, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Bette Midler wants to sue Ford Motor Co. for using another singer to impersonate her voice in a 1985 commercial. Last week a federal appeals court in San Francisco, noting that "to impersonate her voice is to pirate her identity," ruled that Midler's case, previously thrown out by the federal court in Los Angeles, should be tried after all. Among those expressing concern over the court's ruling is Jon St. James.
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February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
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May 29, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Xtra Large, something of an all-star group of Orange County alternative-hard rock musicians, has struck a deal with Giant Records and is scheduled to release its debut album by summer's end. The band, which played its first show only two months ago, consists of players who have had high profiles on the local scene as members of various groups. Singer Darren McNamee and guitarist Warren Fitzgerald both were in the frenetic metal-funk-comedy band, Gherkin Raucous.
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December 31, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Orange County lost four major rock clubs during the year--the Golden Bear, Safari Sam's, Radio City and Spatz--but gained one outstanding new showcase in the revitalized Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Local music fans had hundreds of shows from which to choose throughout the year, from the big and bold (Eurythmics, Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode) to the quirky and intimate (Jonathan Richman, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens).
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March 20, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT
She's gotta be a put-on. She can't be for real. That's what you first think when you meet Stacey Q, the dance-music queen best known for her 1986 hits "Two of Hearts" and "We Connect." Her hair--moussed into little peaks--and the sexy outfit weren't that unusual. But how about that teasing, coquettish manner? Or that impish, little-girl voice that's part Valley Girl and part Betty Boop? "It's me," she said with an embarrassed, tittering laugh. "This is what I am.
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