Pulp's 'Common People' Inspired By Greek Politician's Wife? Her Husband Weighs In

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Pulp performs at S.S Coachella "Music Festival At Sea" - Day 1 - Bahamas on December 16, 2012 in Nassau, Bahamas.  

Since Pulp's "Common People" became an iconic U.K. hit in 1995, fans have long wondered about the identity of the flirtatious art student who inspired Jarvis Cocker's scathing lyrics. The Athens Voice thinks it's found the answer -- Greek installation artist Danae Stratou, wife of the Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis.

"She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge / she studied sculpture at St. Martin's College," goes the song as Cocker describes an encounter with a wealthy classmate who was dying to "live like common people." Since the Athens Voice story ran, Varoufakis commented on the claims. 

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"Well, I wouldn't have known her back then," he told the BBC, noting that Stratou studied at St. Martin's between 1983 and 1988. "But I do know that she was the only Greek student of sculpture at St Martin's College at that time. And, from personal experience, she is a very fascinating person."

A former adjunct professor at the Superior School of Fine Arts in Athens, Stratou now lives in Austin, Tex., where her last photographic installation was exhibited.  

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Back in 2012, Cocker admitted the song was based on a real meeting during his university days with a girl who wanted to move to the London borough of Hackney and live like a commoner. Cocker, however, said that he was the one who wanted to sleep with her -- the opposite of the "Common People" lyrics. 

Pulp last toured in 2012, and of course, "Common People" was a regular part of their set list. 

 


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