Punk Is Dead: Sex Pistols Album Art Will Soon Grace Credit Cards

Sex Pistols
Photo Courtesy Verizon Money

Never mind the bollocks, here’s the tools of capitalist oppression!

Nearly 40 years after iconic punk band the Sex Pistols was signed to Virgin Records, Richard Branson wants to decorate a collection of credit cards issued by Virgin Money with the band’s logo and album artwork.

The two designs come from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, their first (and only) studio album and the single Anarchy in the UK, which contained the eerily prescient lyric in light of today’s news, “Your future dream is a shopping scheme.”

Considering John Lydon has starred in butter commercials and did a stint on Judge Judy (seriously), this new form of selling out isn’t all that shocking in retrospect.

Michele Greene, the bank’s director of cards, said in a press release: “In launching these cards, we wanted to celebrate Virgin’s heritage and difference. The Sex Pistols challenged convention and the established ways of thinking — just as we are doing today in our quest to shake up UK banking.”

And without a discernible hint of irony, Virgin Money also stated in the press release that it’s “time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket.”

Rebellion with an interest rate of 18.9% APR.

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