David Robinson (drummer)

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David Robinson
Born (1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 70)
Malden, Massachusetts, United States
GenresRock, new wave, proto-punk
Years active1960s–1988, 2010–present
Associated acts

David Robinson (born April 2, 1949)[1] is an American rock drummer. He has performed with many rock bands including the Rising Tide,[1] the Modern Lovers,[2] the Pop!,[1] DMZ[3] and the Cars.[4] In 2018, Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars.[5]


Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Robinson attended Woburn Memorial High School.

Robinson came up with The Cars' band name[6] and is credited with designing the album covers.[7] He painted the checkered flag for the Cars' 1980 album, Panorama.

After the breakup of The Cars, Robinson ran a restaurant,[8] and was an extra in several films including Housesitter and The Crucible.[1]

In 2010, Robinson reunited with the surviving original members of The Cars to record their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This. He had to relearn how to play the drums since (aside from loose jamming on the congas) he had stopped playing in 1987.[8] After completion of Move Like This, Robinson said that he would be interested in working on more studio albums.[1]

Robinson now runs an art gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts where he sells jewelry that he makes himself.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "'Dedicated to David' Tribute Page". tumblr.com.
  2. ^ Lewis, Uncle Dave. "Biography: Modern Lovers". AMG. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/may-1985-david-robinson-driving-the-cars/
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: The Cars". AMG. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Cars". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Lisa Robinson. "Cars Travel Smooth Road." Seattle Times, August 11, 1978, p. T-8.
  7. ^ "1972 The Cars "Heartbeat City" Album Cover". Peterphillips.com. October 2, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Blackard, Cap (May 6, 2011). "David Robinson of the Cars discusses epic return…". consequenceofsound.net.