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 65)
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) 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