Mystery woman who inspired Pulp’s ‘Common People’ reportedly married to Greek finance minister

Danae Stratou studied at St. Martins College and is believed to be married to Yanis Varoufakis

The identity of the mystery Greek woman with “a thirst for knowledge” captured by Jarvis Cocker in Pulp‘s ‘Common People’ has reportedly been revealed as the wife of the Greek finance minister by a Greek newspaper.

The Athens Voice reports that Danae Stratou, who studied at St. Martins College of Art and Design between 1983-1988, is the woman who inspired the hit single and is the wife of Yanis Varoufakis.

The Greek paper claims 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. Stratou is apparently the eldest daughter of a Greek industrialist while mother was an artist and sculptor. See a picture of her with Varoufakis below, now.


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.


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