Virgin Money have unveiled a new range of credit cards featuring punk-themed designs.
The bank, founded by Richard Branson in 1995, will roll out two new designs featuring the artwork of Sex Pistols‘ 1977 album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’, while a third card features the cover art of the punk band’s famous single ‘Anarchy In The UK’.
In a press release, Virgin Money say it’s “time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket”. Michele Greene, the bank’s director of cards, adds: “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”.
Sex Pistols signed to Virgin Records in May 1977, with Richard Branson saying of this latest team-up: “Even after nearly 40 years, the Sex Pistols’ power to provoke is undimmed.”
See images of the cards below.
Meanwhile, Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is preparing to release the new Public Image Ltd. album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ Following on from 2012’s ‘This Is PiL’, the group will release their 10th studio effort on September 4.
The new album was recorded at Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds and was self-funded by the band. PiL will precede the album with lead single ‘Double Trouble’ on August 21.
The ‘What The World Needs Now…’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘C’est La Vie’
‘Spice Of Choice’
‘Big Blue Sky’
‘Whole Life Time’
‘I’m Not Satisfied’
The band have also announced details of an upcoming tour of the UK and Europe. Lydon and co will kick off a 23-date stretch in Glasgow on September 18, before playing Manchester, Bristol, London and more.
PiL will then play several Europeans dates, with North American shows to be announced. See their UK schedule in full below.
Public Image Ltd will play:
Glasgow 02 ABC (September 18)
Manchester Academy (19)
Newcastle Riverside (20)
York Fibbers (22)
Coventry Warwick University (23)
Bristol 02 Academy (25)
Buckley Tivoli (26)
Reading Sub 89 (27)
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion (29)
Norwich UEA (30)
London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (October 2)
Frome Cheese & Grain (3)
Southampton Engine Rooms (4)
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