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Jason Cooper
Cooper performing with The Cure in 2008
Cooper performing with The Cure in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJason Toop Cooper
Born (1967-01-31) 31 January 1967 (age 57)
London, England

Jason Toop Cooper (born 31 January 1967) is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Cure since 1995.


Cooper was born in London and grew up in Bath. His father, an employee of Virgin Records, gave him a copy of the early Cure album Seventeen Seconds; Cooper became a fan of the band and first saw them live in 1990. He studied drums at London's Drumtech institute, where he later became a patron and visiting artist.[1]

Cooper's first professional drumming work was as an early member of My Life Story, and he also performed as a session drummer for acts including Jean-Jacques Burnel and Billy Ray Martin. In 1995 he responded to an ad that said simply "Drummer wanted for international band". The ad was placed by the Cure following the departure of previous drummer Boris Williams. Cooper's first live performance with the band was in Greece in June 1995.[1] Cooper was one of four drummers to play on the band's 1996 album Wild Mood Swings,[2] but he was invited to join the band officially and has been their drummer ever since.[3]

Cooper also participated in the COGASM project with bandmate Robert Smith in 1998.[4] He has made guest appearances with David Bowie, Bat for Lashes, Marina and the Diamonds,[1] and Steven Wilson.[5] Cooper also composes music for film, most notably the score for the horror movie From Within, for which he and co-composer Oliver Kraus won the award for best original score at the 2008 Solstice Film Festival.[1][6] In 2019, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cure.[7] In 2023, Cooper and Smith collaborated with Noel Gallagher for a one-off single.[8] Cooper is also known as a bicyclist for charity fund-raising events.[9]

Discography with The Cure[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Price, Simon (2023). Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure. New York, NY: William Morrow. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-0-06-306864-3.
  2. ^ Uncut, ed. (2016). "The Cure". The Ultimate Music Guide. pp. 110–113.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (10 May 1996). "The Cure: Wild Mood Swings (Fiction)". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Cure Frontman's Side Project in MTV News, Aug. 19, 1998
  5. ^ Earls, John (29 August 2023). "Steven Wilson on new album 'The Harmony Codex': "I'm privileged to basically do what the fuck I want"". NME. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Oliver Kraus - Wise Music Creative". wisemusiccreative.com. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  7. ^ Grow, Kory (30 March 2019). "Read Cure Frontman Robert Smith's Gracious Rock Hall Induction Speech". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  8. ^ Laing, Rob (8 March 2023). "The Cure's Robert Smith and Jason Cooper join forces with Noel Gallagher on new version of Pretty Boy". MusicRadar. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  9. ^ Shutler, Ali (9 June 2022). "The Cure's drummer taking part in charity bike ride to honour long-time crew member". NME. Retrieved 11 February 2024.