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.

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

Mark Tierney - producer, composer

Paul Casserly - producer, composer




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