Sex Pistols credit cards are proof that punk is dead

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)
English lead singer, songwriter, and musician John Joseph Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, drummer Paul Cook, bass guitarist Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, and guitarist Steve Jones, members of punk group the Sex Pistols. (Photo by John Mead/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of the punk band The Sex Pistols, singing on stage. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Photo of Johnny ROTTEN and SEX PISTOLS and Sid VICIOUS and Steve JONES; L-R. Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Steve Jones, performing on set of 'Pretty Vacant' video (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns)
SEX PISTOLS UK punk group with Johnny Rotten in 1976
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.
A vinyl album record , Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols on a white background
Sex pistols Anarchy in the UK 7" single
The four original members of the Sex pistols (L-R) Paul Cook, Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, and Glen Matlock arrive at a press conference at the 100 Club in central London, March 18. The band has reunited and will tour the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States this summer
Notorious British punk rock band 'The Sex Pistols' who played together from 1975-78. From left to right: Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Glen Matlock and Paul Cook . Original Publication: People Disc - HL0209 (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Twenty-five years after making their mark as the official scourge of royalty, the legendary British punk band the "Sex Pistols" may regroup to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, a tour promoter said December 18, 2001. The gigs would take place on June 3, when Queen Elizabeth celebrates 50 years on the throne. Lead singer Johnny Rotten is shown in a file photo June 29, 1996 performing in Roskilde, Denmark. REUTERS/Thomas Soendergaard/File Photo BK
Sid Vicious Singer Punk Band The Sex Pistols with the band in Holland (Photo by mirrorpix/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 21: Photo of Steve JONES and Johnny ROTTEN and SEX PISTOLS; L-R: Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Steve Jones performing live onstage at Dunstable's Queensway Hall (Photo by Chris Morphet/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 21: Photo of SEX PISTOLS; L-R: Glen Matlock, Paul Cook, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Steve Jones performing live onstage at Dunstable's Queensway Hall (Photo by Chris Morphet/Redferns)
Lead singer Johnny Rotten performs with Sex Pistols at the Roxy bar in Los Angeles October 25, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (L) and drummer Chad Smith (C) perform with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols at the Musicares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles May 8, 2009. Anthony Kiedis was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award at the event. Musicares assists the music community with addiction recovery. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
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