Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis’ wife ‘inspired Pulp’s Common People’

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That’s because Danae Stratou could be the girl from Greece “studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College” who inspired Pulp’s 1995 smash hit Common People, according to Greek paper Athens Voice.

Danae Stratou studied at St. Martins College of Art and Design between 1983 and 1988, the same year Cocker enrolled in a film studies course during a break from the band.

Cocker told NME in 2013 that he met the Greek girl in the song during ‘Crossover Fortnight’, when St Martins students switched into another discipline for two weeks.

In a later interview Cocker remembered a conversation with the Greek woman who “wanted to move to Hackney and live like ‘the common people'”, which he used as the basis for the song.

But the identity of the woman – one of pop culture’s enduring mysteries – has never been discovered, despite a search launched by BBC3.

Jarvis Cocker in Common people videoInspired: Jarvis Cocker in the song’s video (Picture: YouTube)


Stratou is the eldest daughter of a Greek industrialist. Her mother was an artist and sculptor and she started making small sculptures as a child before specialising at St Martins.


Varoufakis is one of the key politicians in Greece’s Syriza party – a radical left wing group whose members are known for not wearing formal ties in solidarity with working people.

Sounds like Stratou may have found her common people in the end.

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May 7, 2015 |
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