If punk wasn’t dead before, it’s ready to buy a shiny new headstone now. Brooklyn Vegan points out that Virgin Money, the financial services wing of Richard Branson’s massive corporate empire, has just launched a line of punk-themed credit cards. Specifically, the cards feature the iconic imagery of The Sex Pistols, including the cover art to their 1977 debut album Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols.
A statement about the cards reads:
In 1977 Virgin Records signed one of their most iconic bands, The Sex Pistols. They challenged convention and the established way of thinking – just as we are doing today in our quest to shake up UK banking.
To celebrate Virgin’s musical heritage, we have produced an exclusive set of Sex Pistols credit card designs – to bring a bit of rebellion to your wallet.
The Sex Pistols credit cards come in three designs: Bollocks standard, Bollocks portrait, and “Anarchy in the U.K.” The cards come with an interest rate of 18.9 percent, so your bank account might end up pretty vacant.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.