Bag Raiders

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Bag Raiders
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Alternative dance, electronica, synthpop, indietronica, house
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Bang Gang 12 Inches, Fool's Gold, Modular
Members Jack Glass
Chris Stracey

Bag Raiders are an Australian electronic band founded in 2006 by mainstays Jack Glass and Chris Stracey. In October 2010 they issued their debut self-titled studio album, which peaked at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart and received a J Award album of the year nomination. Their song "Shooting Stars" received renewed popularity in 2017, due to internet memes.


Bag Raiders are an alternative dance band founded in 2007 by mainstays Jack Glass and Chris Stracey. Both classically trained musicians, they met in the Cranbrook School orchestra practice room with Glass a year ahead playing piano and cello, and Stracey playing violin, guitar and clarinet.[1] In 2005, the pair reconnected and started mixing hip-hop and 1970s rock music CDs.[2] As Bag Raiders their musical inspirations include Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, 808 State and Orbital.[3][4][5]

On 15 August 2007 Bag Raiders issued their second EP, Fun Punch on Bang Gang 12 Inches and Modular Records.

On 25 October 2010 Bag Raiders released their debut studio album. Their track, "Shooting Stars" was listed at No. 18 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009.[6] In the next year's list, "Way Back Home", reached No. 46.

They also DJ and produce, write and remix other artists' work. In 2009 they were rated at No. 11 on the inthemix poll of Australia's top 50 DJs.[7] In June 2014 they released a house EP titled "Nairobi".

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.[8] The song's renewed popularity has since been acknowledged by the band itself.[9]

Chart success[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]

The single "Way Back Home" from Bag Raiders' self-titled album, Bag Raiders, 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 and later rose to its peak No. 19.

Their self-titled debut album was released on 1 October 2010. It debuted at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart. 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.[12]

TV and advertising[edit]

"Way Back Home" has been used as background music for a Vodafone TV ad in Germany.[3][13]

The Bag Raiders remix of "B.T.T.T.T.R.Y." was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.[4]

"Shooting Stars" was used in the end credits of an episode (season 1, episode 6) of the HBO series, How to Make It in America.

"Shooting Stars" was used in Channel 9's "Australia's Got Talent" in 2013. The song shot into the ARIA Top 40 nearly 4 years after it was originally released due to downloads.


  • Jack Glass – keyboards, drums, vocals, producer, remixer
  • Chris Stracey – vocals, keyboards, drums, guitar, producer, remixer



EPs and Singles[edit]

  • The Bag Raiders EP (24 June 2007, Bang Gang 12 Inches)
  • Fun Punch EP (15 August 2007, Bang Gang 12 Inches)
  • "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)
  • "Shooting Stars" (November 2009, Modular Recordings)
  • "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)
  • "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)


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[15] Bag Raiders have received one nomination.

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

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are presented annually from 1987 by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Bag Raiders have received one nomination.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Bag Raiders Best Dance Release[17] Nominated


  1. ^ Murfett, Andrew (11 November 2010). "Pop Can Be a DJ's Best Friend". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Featured Artists | Bag Raiders". Oratory of Sound. 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "Bag Raiders". J Play. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Bag Raiders discography at MusicBrainz. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Triple J's 2009 Hottest 100 dissected". NewsComAu. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sony inthemix50: 2009". Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Bag Raiders Are Chuffed 'Shooting Stars' Is A Meme, But Have No Clue Why". Pedestrian.TV. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ ARIA Top 50 Australian Artists Singles 2008 Archived 23 January 2012 at WebCite
  11. ^ " - Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
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  13. ^ Vodafone Fernsehwerbung Ich will schnell sein: Song Way back home
  14. ^ News | Bag Raiders - Debut Self-titled Album Out October 1 | Modular People
  15. ^ "APRA Music Awards 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. 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. 
  17. ^ "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. 

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