FRANCIS X (a.k.a. Mark Francis Payne) was a founding member of the late 80s post-apocalyptic punk psychedelic rock tribe, FRANCIS X & the Bushmen, named after the late Francis X Bushman, a famous actor from the early 1900s.
“As a friend, I saw Mark as a genuine original who played his role in life with no fear. He chose his path and lived it for real. Someone called him “The smartest kook I ever knew”. Hanging out with Mark was always an adventure, and we had some wild conversations. I had not heard from him in over 2 decades, but was pleased to find he had made significant positive steps in his life, matured as a musician, and was clearly well loved in his new home town. I regret we never reconnected during this last passage of his life. RIP Mark.”
“I live in Tennessee now but I used to Go Go dance for the band. Mark was one of a kind special guy. There will never be another like him. Rock on Francis……Rock on!!!”