Sex Pistols credit cards are proof that punk is dead

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The History of the Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious

What kind of credit do you think Sid Vicious had back in 1977? His heroin dealer likely ran a cash-only operation, so we're guessing it wasn't so good. But that doesn't matter -- MasterCard has approved the Sex Pistols' iconic artwork to adorn a pair of new credit cards. A little awkward at face value, right?

But there's more to it than that. The cards come from Virgin Money's new collection. Virgin Money is a bank backed by Sir Richard Branson, who headed Virgin Records when it signed the band in 1977. Virgin Money director of cards Michele Greene told The Guardian, "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 U.K. banking."

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In a press release, Virgin Money added that it was, "time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket."

Seriously though -- if you whip out some Sex Pistols plastic, we can't promise you'll come off as rebellious.

Pistols frontman John Lydon has defended hawking products like Country Life Butter before ("anything I can do to help British industry is fine by me") so hey, who are we to judge?

If you're keeping score, most of the cards come with a representative interest rate of 18.9 percent APR.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones performs at Cycle For Heroes: A Rock Inspired Ride at Santa Monica Pier on September 11, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
John Lydon of British band the Sex Pistols performs at the Isle of Wight festival 2008 in Newport, England, Saturday, June 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)
London, UK. Friday 23rd November 2012. Christies auction house showcasing memorabilia from every decade of the past century of popular culture from the industries of film and music. Original Sex Pistols print. God Save The Queen.
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