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




Mark Tierney - producer, composer

Paul Casserly - producer, composer