All good fans of Britpop know the lyrics to Pulp’s “Common People” by heart. They speak of a Greek woman who studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College and came from a rich family. A real person? Or a figment of singer Jarvis Cocker’s imagination? A Greek newspaper says she’s real: Danae Stratou, who is now the wife of Greece’s finance minister.She studied sculpture at Saint Martins during a time Jarvis Cocker was there studying film.
And her father was definitely loaded. He was the heir to a massive textile company in Greece. So it’s her, right? Not so fast. In 2012, a Greek Cypriot artist named Katerina Kana said that she’s the one in the song because it was she who told Jarvis that she wanted to “live like common people.” So which woman is it? Or is the woman in the song an amalgamation of the two?