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OriginNew Zealand
Years active1988–2005
LabelsSony BMG[dead link]
MembersPaul Casserly
Past membersMark Tierney
Stephanie Tauevihi
Fiona McDonald

Strawpeople are a New Zealand band. They were created by Paul Casserly and Mark Tierney after they had met while working at the Auckland university radio station now known as 95 bFM.

Over the years, Strawpeople has brought together various New Zealand songwriters, vocalists and musicians in a collaborative effort and achieved some success. The album Broadcast reached number seven on the New Zealand charts and stayed in the top 40 for 51 consecutive weeks. Single "Sweet Disorder" from that album won the 1995 APRA Silver Scroll Award as well as the 'Songwriting' trophy at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.[1][2] "Sweet Disorder" was voted one of the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time, and was included on the related Nature's Best 2 CD. Their fourth album Vicarious became their most commercially successful album, climbing to number four on the New Zealand albums chart and winning "Album of the Year" at the 1997 New Zealand Music Awards.[3] In 2000, the band had their highest-charting single in New Zealand when their cover of The Cars' "Drive", featuring vocals from fellow New Zealand musician Bic Runga, reached number seven on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[4]

Many albums also featured other covers of songs such as John Hiatt’s Have a Little Faith in Me and The Church’s Under the Milky Way.[5]


The Strawpeople, being a studio based recording outfit, have had a revolving door lineup of vocalists, normally female and from New Zealand. Notable vocalists include Leza Corban, Stephanie Tauevihi, Fiona McDonald (a vocalist from New Zealand band The Headless Chickens).



Year Album Peak position
1991 Hemisphere
  • Label: Pagan Records
  • Catalog number: PACD1067
1992 Worldservice
  • Label: Pagan Records
  • Catalog number: PACD1067
1994 Broadcast
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Catalog number: 477675.2 / 477676.2 (2CD)[7]
1996 Vicarious
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Catalog number: 485270.2
1997 100 Street Transistors
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Catalog number: 485270.2
2000 No New Messages
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Catalog number: 495498.2
2000 The Best Of 1990–2000
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Catalog number: 5011412000
2004 Count Backwards from 10
  • Label: Epic Records/CRS Records
  • Catalog number: 5173692000
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1988 "Blue" Hemisphere
1990 "One Good Reason"
1991 "The Slide" Worldservice
1992 "Love Explodes"
"Have a Little Faith" 36
1994 "Under the Milky Way" Broadcast
"Trick with a Knife" 16
"Crying" 26
1995 "Sweet Disorder" 27
"Beautiful Skin"
1996 "Taller Than God" 19 Vicarious
"Boxers" 44
1997 "Spoiler" 47
"Sun Comes Up" 100 Street Transistors
1999 "Scared of Flying" 45 No New Messages
2000 "Drive" 7
"It's Not Enough"
"City Lights"
2004 "You've Been on my Mind" Count Backwards From 10
"Love My Way"
2005 "Wire"


  1. ^ Strawpeople | Artists at
  2. ^ 1996 Winners Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at
  3. ^ 1997 Winners Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at
  4. ^ a b "Search for: Strawpeople songs". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ Strawpeople | Artists at
  6. ^ "Search for: Strawpeople albums". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ Single and double CD versions of Broadcast were released. Double CD version with the track 'help me michael' is now deleted

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