Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker wants to find woman who inspired hit song Common People

Music icon and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has revealed that he wants to find the woman who inspired the group's hit song Common People.

The song was a smash hit in the UK charts and was taken from Pulp's 1995 album Different Class, which also featured records popular Indie records of the decade including Disco 2000.

It has since become one of the iconic BritPop classics, with Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker revealing that the song was inspired by a woman who told him at a pub that she wanted to live with 'common people.'

Now Jarvis is on a quest to find the woman who inspired the song, after revealing that he still does not know who she is – despite writing one of the group's biggest hits about her.

He told Radio 4's This Cultural Life: "We went to the pub and she just came out with that she wanted to live in Hackney with common people."

The record features Jarvis singing about a woman from Greece who had a 'thirst for knowledge' and who 'studied sculpture at St Martin's College'.

It has been speculated that the woman was Danae Stratou – the wife of ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis – who attended St Martin’s College of Art and Design at the same time as Jarvis, but Jarvis confirmed that this was not true.

He said: "It wasn’t her because she had blonde hair and the girl had dark hair."

Jarvis also revealed that the mystery of the woman's identity was nearly solved when Pulp played a gig at St Martin's College in 2011, and a member of the audience showed him a picture of the woman on their phone.

The singer recognised her instantly, but cannot remember who showed him the photograph, leaving the mystery still unsolved.

He said: "In 2011 we played at St Martin’s and someone showed me a picture on their phone and said, 'Is that the girl you wrote the song about?’ I went, ‘Yeah, I think it is'.

"Unfortunately, I didn’t ask them for the picture and I can’t remember who showed it to me so it’s still a mystery."

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