Legendary punk outfit the Sex Pistols once rallied against consumerism, but it seems those days are long gone.

John Lydon is now starring in adverts for Country Life butter; and the Sex Pistols’ name and artwork will soon be featured on a range of credit cards from Virgin Money, the bank backed by Sir Richard Branson.

Two cards feature the artwork for the band’s 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. A third card features imagery relating to the band’s 1976 debut single ‘Anarchy in the UK.’

According to Virgin Money, it is “time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket”. Michele Greene, the bank’s director of cards, said: “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.”

The Sex Pistols first signed to Virgin Records in May 1977, after being dropped by both EMI and A&M Records.

“Even after nearly 40 years, the Sex Pistols’ power to provoke is undimmed,” said Sir Richard Branson.

At least you’ll soon be able to pull out a credit card with the word “bollocks” on it. [via The Guardian]

Sex Pistols to feature on a range of Virgin Money credit cards



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