Every Time I Die Guitarist: Not Liking ’80s Movies Makes You Communist
Every Time I Die guitarist Andy Williams is covered in an interesting collection of tattoos. He’s got ink that features Burt Reynolds, the Ultimate Warrior’s face paint, a can of Dr. Pepper and the phrase “it’s not for sale, Francis” from ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.’ He also has his last name and ‘EST. 1977′ scrawled on his knuckles.
Clearly, his tattoos are fun and whimsical, as well as of the moment — just like his fashion choices, as he was sporting a mustard yellow Terror hoodie when discussed his ink. That conversation also led to a very important pop culture conversation about ’80s flicks like ‘Pee Wee’ and ‘Teen Wolf.’
He showed me the broken pinky finger on his right hand — which he never got fixed — so it looks like he is missing the fingernail when he bends it. It wasn’t a guitar injury, either. “I got it from hitting a crusty punk dude,” Williams told Noisecreep. “The guy was pissing on [singer] Keith’s floor at a party, so I grabbed and hit him.”
The Dr. Pepper tattoo is inspired by his love of the drink, which is one of the few sodas he consumes. He couldn’t name all 23 flavors that make up the beverage, though. “I was on a crazy Mr. Pibb crush for a bit,” he said, referring to the Doctor’s competition. “I like beverages named after dudes. Doctor and Mister are two of my favorite guys.”
The “it’s not for sale, Francis” tattoo is lifted from a key scene in ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.’ When Pee Wee mutters the phrase to his rival — the rich and chubby Francis Buckman — it was the catalyst for his bike being stolen and sold, which resonated with Williams. “Everyone has that dude in the neighborhood,” he said.
The movie’s layers of meaning become more and more apparent with repeated viewings as you grow up, too. Like the scene at the basement of the Alamo, when a visibly irritated Pee Wee rolls his eyes at the fellow tourists who are reciting the word ‘adobe’ at the urging of the tour guide. Williams recalled how the scene become powerful later in life, saying, “Until your older, you don’t appreciate the feeling of ‘I do not want to be here, I want to get to where I want to get.’ However, I am that prick I went to the Alamo and was the first person to ask if there was a basement.”
Mark Holton, the actor who played Francis, also appeared in another ’80s classic — ‘Teen Wolf.’ Williams dug Michael J. Fox’s love interest in the film, named Boof — who was ten times hotter than the blonde bimbo his character initially lusted after. “The blonde chick wasn’t going to put out, but Boof? She went right into the closet,” Williams pointed out.
He did come up with a central point about anyone currently in their 30s. “If you are 29 to 35 and those movies don’t mean anything to you,” Williams reasoned, “you are a communist and you missed everything that was cool.”