Strawpeople Profile

Published: 27 May 2013
Updated: 2 Jan 2019

Strawpeople were formed at 95bFM by Mark Tierney and Paul Casserly in 1990, primarily as a studio band with featured vocalists. Initially signed to Pagan Records, their first single ‘One Good Reason’, a cover of the old Swingers hit, was released the same year but failed to chart. It was followed shortly afterwards by an album Hemisphere.

Further singles ‘Blue’, ‘The Slide’ (a cover of the Tall Dwarfs song), and ‘Love Explodes’ fared little better, although the second album Worldservice charted (No.30) on the strength of student radio play and strong reviews.

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1991 publicity shot of The Strawpeople
Strawpeople - 100 Street Transistors, 1997
Fiona McDonald and Paul Casserly
A wry hand drawn Chris Knox comment on Strawpeople's cover of the duo's The Slide, 1992
Photo credit: Revor Reekie collection
Stamp magazine, July 1990
Strawpeople: Mark Tierney, Stephanie Tauevihi, Paul Casserly.
Under The Milky Way
Mark Tierney and Paul Casserley
Trick With a Knife
Paul Casserly, Mark Tierney, Stephanie Tauevihi
Fiona McDonald, Strawpeople.
Strawpeople - Vicarious2, 1997
Paul Casserly
Mark Tierney, Stephanie Tauevihi, Paul Casserly,
Paul Casserly, Merinia, Mark Tierney, 1990
Taller Than God
Paul Casserly, Greg Johnson and Mark Tierney during a break recording the Strawpeople at The Lab
Sweet Disorder
Strawpeople - Broadcast, 1994
Fiona McDonald, Strawpeople.
The advert for the first double 10-inch Deepgrooves EP
Paul Casserly
Drive (feat. Bic Runga)
Interview with Mark Tierney and Paul Casserly from Strawpeople, 22 April 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
The Strawpeople album No New Messages was awarded gold sales status.
Drive, featuring vocals by Bic Runga.
Paul Casserly and Greg Johnson at The Lab. Both Greg and The Strawpeople have recorded two albums at The Lab.
Strawpeople with Anthony Ioasa, APRA Silver Scrolls, 1995
No One Like You
Strawpeople - No New Messages
Strawpeople - Hemisphere, 1991
Strawpeople - Vicarious




Mark Tierney - producer, composer

Paul Casserly - producer, composer