David Robinson (drummer)

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David Robinson
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Robinson signs a copy of The Cars' debut album
Background information
Born (1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 66)
Malden, Massachusetts
Genres Rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Drums
Labels Elektra
Associated acts The Cars

David Robinson (born April 2, 1949, Malden, Massachusetts[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 and The Cars.[3]


He attended Woburn Memorial High School.

Robinson came up with The Cars' band name[4] and is credited for designing the album covers.[5] He painted the checkered flag for The Cars' 1980 album, Panorama.

After the breakup of The Cars, Robinson ran a restaurant,[6] and was an extra in several films including Housesitter and The Crucible (1996 film).[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 due to having stopped playing in 1987 aside from loose jamming on the congas.[6] 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, MA, 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 6 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: The Cars". AMG. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Lisa Robinson. "Cars Travel Smooth Road." Seattle Times, August 11, 1978, p. T-8.
  5. ^ http://www.peterphillips.com/news/art-o-matic-loop-di-loop-1972-the-cars-%E2%80%9Cheartbeat-city%E2%80%9D-album-cover-1984/
  6. ^ a b Blackard, Cap. "David Robinson of The Cars discusses epic return…". http://consequenceofsound.net/.  External link in |website= (help)