Bag Raiders

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Bag Raiders
BagRaidersDecember2010.jpg
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Years active 2006–present
Labels
  • Bang Gang 12 Inches
  • Fool's Gold
  • Modular
Website bagraiders.com
Members Jack Glass
Chris Stracey

Bag Raiders are an Australian electronic band founded in 2006 by mainstays Jack Glass and Chris Stracey. The two both play keyboards, drums, and act as vocalists, producers, and remixers in the group, with Stracey additionally playing guitar. They also DJ, and write and produce remixes of other artists' work. In 2009, they were rated at number 11 on the Inthemix poll of Australia's top 50 DJs.[1]

In October 2010, they issued their self-titled debut album, which peaked at number 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart and received a J Award album of the year nomination. The album's song "Shooting Stars" renewed the band's popularity seven years after its release, when it began being used as part of a popular Internet meme.

History[edit]

Both classically trained musicians, Jack Glass and Chris Stracey met in the Cranbrook School orchestra practice room with Glass a year ahead playing piano and cello, and Stracey playing violin, guitar and clarinet.[2] In 2005, the pair reconnected and started mixing hip-hop and 1970s rock music CDs,[3] their musical inspirations include Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, 808 State and Orbital.[4][5][6] Bag Raiders as an alternative dance band was then founded in 2006.

Bag Raiders released their self-titled debut studio album, Bag Raiders, on 1 October 2010, charting at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Their track, "Shooting Stars" was listed at No. 18 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009.[7] In the next year's list, "Way Back Home", reached No. 46. The second single "Way Back Home" debuted at No. 77 on the ARIA Charts on 29 August 2010, it charted at No. 38 on the official German Singles Chart on 6 June 2011 after being used in the German Vodafone TV advertisement[4][8] and later rose to its peak No. 19. A third single featuring Dan Black, "Sunlight", was released to Australian radio in November 2010. In February 2011 it peaked at No. 84 on the ARIA Top 100.[9]

"Shooting Stars"[edit]

Bag Raiders found success with their song "Shooting Stars", released as a single in 2009. The song peaked at No. 62 on the ARIA Singles Chart and made No. 43 on the ARIA 2009 End of Year Top 50 Australian Artist Singles.[10] In August 2013, "Shooting Stars" re-entered the ARIA Singles Chart, reaching the top 50 at #44.[11] In 2017, the song "Shooting Stars" became popular again after being placed in an internet meme featuring people as well as animals falling with surreal, spacey backgrounds.[12] The song's renewed popularity has since been acknowledged by the band itself.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • The Bag Raiders EP (24 June 2007, Bang Gang 12 Inches)
  • Fun Punch EP (15 August 2007, Bang Gang 12 Inches & Modular Recordings)
  • "Turbo Love!" (16 October 2008, Bang Gang 12 Inches)
  • Turbo Love Remixes (3 June 2009, Bang Gang 12 Inches)
  • Big Fun EP (10 November 2009, Fool's Gold Records)
  • "Nairobi" (25 June 2014, Club Mod/Modular Recordings)
  • "Waterfalls" (17 July 2015, Modular Recordings)
  • "Friend Inside" (11 December 2015, Modular Recordings)
  • "Checkmate" (4 March 2016, Universal Music Group)

Singles[edit]

  • "Shooting Stars" (November 2009, Modular Recordings) #38 AUS
  • "Way Back Home" (24 September 2010, Modular Recordings) #77 AUS
  • "Sunlight" (11 February 2011, Modular Recordings) #84 AUS
  • "Not Over" (14 October 2011, Modular Recordings)

Remixes[edit]

  • Lost Valentinos – "CCTV" (Bag Raiders Vs Van She Tech Remix, 2007)
  • Lost Valentinos – "Kafka!" (Bag Raiders What Y'All Kno' Bout Seven Remix, 2007)
  • Muscles – "One Inch Badge Pin" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2007)
  • Kid Sister – "Pro Nails" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2007)
  • K.I.M. – "B.T.T.T.T.R.Y." (Bag Raiders Remix, 2007) Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack[5]
  • Bag Raiders – "Fun Punch" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Cut Copy – "Far Away" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Galvatrons – "When We Were Kids" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Headman – "Catch Me If U Can" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Midnight Juggernauts – "Twenty Thousand Leagues" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Super Mal – "Bigger Than Big" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • ZZZ – "Lion" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2008)
  • Monarchy - "I Won't Let Go" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2011)
  • The Ting Tings – "Silence" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2012)
  • Banks – "Beggin for Thread" (Bag Raiders Remix, 2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Bag Raiders Best Dance Release[15] Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 "Sunlight" (Jack Glass, Christopher Stracey) Dance Work of the Year[16] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony inthemix50: 2009". Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Murfett, Andrew (11 November 2010). "Pop Can Be a DJ's Best Friend". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Featured Artists | Bag Raiders". Oratory of Sound. 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Hofmann, Robin (14 January 2012). "Bag Raiders (Jack Glass and Chris Stacey): The Latest Newcomer Duo on the Electro Scene". Liga Studios (Liga Nova). Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Bag Raiders". J Play. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Bag Raiders discography at MusicBrainz. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Triple J's 2009 Hottest 100 dissected". NewsComAu. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Vodafone Fernsehwerbung Ich will schnell sein: Song Way back home
  9. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20110530-1606/Issue1097.pdf
  10. ^ ARIA Top 50 Australian Artists Singles 2008 Archived 23 January 2012 at WebCite
  11. ^ "australian-charts.com - Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Earp, Joseph (9 February 2017). "'Shooting Stars' meme blends epic fails with one electro track and it's taking over". Mashable. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bag Raiders Are Chuffed 'Shooting Stars' Is A Meme, But Have No Clue Why". Pedestrian.TV. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ News | Bag Raiders - Debut Self-titled Album Out October 1 | Modular People
  15. ^ "The Countdown Begins....Nominations Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 11 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nominations > Dance Work of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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