Greek finance minister addresses claims his wife is inspiration for Pulp’s ‘Common People’

Yanis Varoufakis is married to Danae Stratou, who studied at St. Martins between 1983 and 1988

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has responded to recent reports that his wife Danae Stratou was the mysterious Greek woman with “a thirst for knowledge” depicted by Jarvis Cocker in Pulp‘s ‘Common People’.

Greece’s Athens Voice reported last week that Stratou, who studied at St. Martins College of Art and Design between 1983 and 1988, is the woman who inspired the hit single. The Greek paper claimed that Stratou was a student at St Martins College of Art and Design during the period that Cocker enrolled in a film studies course at the London university.

Speaking to the BBC World Service, Varoufakis said that whilst he “wouldn’t have known her back then”, Stratou was “the only Greek student of sculpture at St Martin’s College at that time”. The politician adds: “From personal experience, she is a very fascinating person.”


However, Cypriot artist Katerina Kana claimed in 2012 that she was the person who inspired the song.

In January, Varoufakis was elected to the Greek parliament as finance minister. He represents left leaning anti-austerity party SYRIZA.

‘Common People’ topped NME’s 100 Greatest Tracks of the ‘90s poll in 2012, beating off competition from Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Suede’s ‘Stay Together’ – which came in at Number Two and Number Three respectively.


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Pulp recently spoke to NME about the likelihood of new material and future tours. Speaking at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas, Cocker said: “We’re very cloak and dagger about that, well, it isn’t cloak and dagger, we just don’t know! We’re not being mysterious, we’re just not very together.” Watch the interview below.