Sex Pistols artwork to feature on Credit Cards

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Money has today revealed a series of Sex Pistols themed credit cards. Two of which are said to feature Jamie Reid’s Nevermind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols and Anarchy In The UK artwork in full uncensored splendour.

Michele Greene, one of Virgin Money’s directors, explains the new cards are part of their “quest to shake up UK banking” and to encourage consumers to “put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket“.

Naturally, anarchy at the checkout is sure to ensue, but nevermind the apr, John’s out to earn a few bob these days, just as he was when smearing Country Life Butter across his punk rock crumpets in 2008. However there’s a faint cloud of legitimacy looming above the overdraft, as the Pistols did originally sign with Virgin Records in 1977 after being dropped by EMI and A&M Records, and that John’s association with Country Life ultimately helped to fund the reformation of PiL.

But there’s no denying the overriding stench of ‘punk really is dead’ hanging in the air. When Lydon penned the words, “your future dream is a shopping scheme” on that furious 1976 debut, fizzing with anti-capitalistic rage, no one could have fathomed this rich irony. Conflict and Crass credit cards next, please.

PiL announce new album

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John Lydon’s legendary Public Image Limited have announced their 10th studio album, What The World Needs Now…, for release on September 4th.

The album follows 2012’s This is PiL, which marked the band’s first release in 17 years, and will be preceded by a 10″ single, ‘Double Trouble’ / ‘Betty Page’, on August 21st. The single is also said to be backed by a non-album track titled, ‘Turkey Tits’.

What The World Needs Now… was recorded at Steve Winwood’s Wincraft Studios in the Cotswolds and is a project entirely self-funded by the band to be released on their own label, PiL Official. A full EU tour has also been announced today and will take in a string of shows through the UK, listed below. Tickets go on general sale this Thursday May 21st at 9am.

UK Tour dates

September
18th – Glasgow, 02 ABC
19th – Manchester Academy
20th – Newcastle, Riverside
22nd – York, Fibbers
23rd – Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University
25th – Bristol, 02 Academy
26th – Buckley, Tivoli
27th – Reading, Sub 89
29th – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
30th – Norwich, UEA

October
2nd – London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
3rd – Frome, Cheese and Grain
4th – Southampton, Engine Rooms