David Robinson (drummer)

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David Robinson
Born (1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 68)
Malden, Massachusetts, United States
Instruments Drums
Years active 1960's-1988, 2010-Present (Often Dormant)
Labels Elektra
Associated acts The Cars
The Modern Lovers
The Pop!
Notable instruments
Gretsch Drums

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, 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 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. ^ "1972 The Cars "Heartbeat City" Album Cover". Peterphillips.com. October 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Blackard, Cap. "David Robinson of The Cars discusses epic return…". consequenceofsound.net.