Robert Grey (musician)

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Robert Grey
Robert Grey sep 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth name Robert Grey
Also known as Robert Gotobed
Born (1951-04-21) 21 April 1951 (age 64)
Marefield, Leicestershire, England
Origin London, England
Genres Punk rock, art punk, post-punk, experimental rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1973 – present
Labels Mute, Crammed, Beggars Banquet Records, Pinkflag
Associated acts Wire

Robert Grey (born 21 April 1951 in Marefield, Leicestershire) is an English musician best known as the drummer for Wire[1]


In 1973, Grey joined his first band, an R&B group called the Snakes, as vocalist. The Snakes released one single: "Teenage Head." After the group folded, Grey began teaching himself to drum.[2]

He has been Wire's regular drummer since their start in 1976, using the stage name 'Robert Gotobed'.[3] Grey left the band in 1990, after the release of the album Manscape, because of Wire's increasing use of sequencers, computers, and drum machines.[4] He began to feel uncomfortable as the band moved further into a computer-based environment. After his departure, the band dropped one letter from its name, becoming "Wir". Grey started exploring African drumming and devoted his time to organic agriculture, running a small farm in The Midlands, England.[5]

He rejoined Wire in 2000, dropping his Robert Gotobed alias and using his birthname Robert Grey. He has recorded and toured with the band since.


  1. ^ Wire is still electric
  2. ^ Robert Grey
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 1075–1076. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  4. ^ Robert Gotobed in interview
  5. ^ Robert Grey