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We Might Have Just Found Out Who Inspired Pulp's 'Common People'!

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Ever since it was released nearly twenty years ago, music fans have speculated as to the inspiration behind Pulp’s classic single ‘Common People’. Now, a Greek newspaper has come up with a theory that the girl who “studied sculpture at St. Martin’s College” is the wife of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

The Athens Voice believes that it has worked out that the girl who told the group’s lead singer Jarvis Cocker that she wanted to “live like common people” is Varoufakis’s wife Danae Stratou, a Greek installation artist, and a new interview with the finance minister took the rumour a step closer to reality.

Jarvis CockerJarvis Cocker performing live in 2011

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Jarvis Cocker Shares 'Nu Troglodyte' Manifesto Railing Against Modern Technology

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Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has published an alternative ideal for living in the modern world, entitled the ‘Nu-Troglodyte Manifesto’ and which espouses the benefits of living “offline”.

Writing in the latest edition of Another Man, the outspoken singer invited readers to imagine a life with “no phone reception. No wi-fi. No TV. No radio”. It is his belief that the interference of modern technology prevents people from finding peace.

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Jarvis Cocker, performing with Pulp in 2011, has seemingly had enough of modern technology

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Could Prince Still Play Glastonbury?

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Festival goers could still party like its 1999 this weekend, as rumours that Prince could still appear at Glastonbury continue to surface. As we previously reported, it was revealed this week that negotiations to book the funk legend for a Worthy Park headline slot broke down after the star got cold feet following ‘social media rumours’ about his appearance.

PrinceCould Prince still play Glastonbury? [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ethan Miller]

However, tabloid reports suggest that the ‘Purple Rain’ singer could still appear at this weekend’s event.

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Is Pulp's 'Common People' Really The Best Britpop Anthem?

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Pulp's Common People has been named the ultimate Britpop anthem by BBC6 Music listeners, beating the likes of The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and Oasis's Wonderwall. More than 300,000 listeners voted for the track to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 90's genre - which created various personalities but very few decent bands.

Jarvis CockerJarvis Cocker and Pulp Wrote The Greatest Britpop Song, Apparently

One of those decent bands - who were actually excellent - were Pulp, Jarvis Cocker's Sheffield outfit.

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Jarvis Cocker Announces Year-Long Hiatus From BBC Radio 6 Music

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Jarvis Cocker has apparently been taking a note out of Justin Bieber's book, by announcing his year-long hiatus from his popular radio show Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service. In a recent sit-down with the Radio Times, the Pulp frontman said that he has decided to take a year off so he can return to 6 Music "stronger and more vigorous."

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Cocker is a firm favourite with 6 Music listeners

Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service has become a firm favourite with 6 Music listeners since it debuted back in 2010 and his announcement will no doubt come as a disappointment to some, however Cocker insists that his break from the weekly show will only be temporary and that he will be making his voice heard on the station from time to time over the next twelve months. Still, 2014 will be a quiet year as far as Cocker is concerned, as he plans on concentrating on his personal life and other professional commitments.

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'The World's End' Soundtrack Is A Glorious Tribute To The 1990s

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The World's End - the third and final instalment of Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto' comedy trilogy starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine - hits cinemas nationwide on July 19, 2013. It centres around five friends who attempt a notorious pub crawl in their unassuming hometown - twelve pubs, twelve pints and the only the strongest will survive.

Of course, the mind of Edgar Wright doesn't work think along quite such straight lines and the boozy group unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.

Also starring British talent Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsen and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, The World's End promises a hugely enjoyable finale for the trilogy - also featuring Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz - though the soundtrack is worth checking out too.

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Pulp's Ten Year Hiatus Properly Over With New Track 'After You'

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Pulp is back, and not back like they were last year, doing a bit of touring, but properly back with new music and everything. Their latest track - the first new one in ten years - is called After You. 

Well, 'new' is a bit rich given that it was first written and recorded back in 2001, but was rejected from their 'We Love Life' album, according to the Metro, however they've brought it back from the dead and what wasn't quite right then, is right now having been rerecorded. Either that or they're out of good ideas but still want to sell records again. 

It was released on Christmas day and fans that had been to see them in Sheffield earlier in the month were given codes to access on the internet. "We got you a little present but you can't open it til Xmas Day, OK?" the cards said, with a further message on the website: "No peeking before then! That would be naughty."

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Blur, Pulp And Muse Dominate The Q Awards

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Britpoppers Blur fought off competition from The Stone Roses to be named best live act, but lost out to Muse for the mantle of best act in the world, Sky News Reports.

Muse have had a huge 2012 , including a headline slot at the London Olympics concert on August 12, and the release of a new album, The 2nd Law. Q magazine's editor Andrew Harrison said: "It's been the most incredible year for British music. Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics. A string of great albums announced fantastic new talent on the scene. And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our best-loved musicians." Another British export to win big were Pulp, who nabbed the Q inspiration award. Emeli Sande, who also starred in the London 2012 closing gig, was named best solo artist, while Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers were named Q heroes.

The evening also took an emotional turn, as Bobby Womack beat cancer and pneumonia to win album of the year, according to The Independent. "During the time I was ill in hospital, the thing that kept me alive was Damon," Womack said. "He was really interested in me. That's what brought me back to life." Accepting his award, Womack appeared momentarily confused, thanking his collaborator "Damon Osborne".


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