I love The Cars! The drummer was David Robinson, not Thompson. Anyhow, I read an interview with him a long time ago when they released their greatest hits album, and if memory serves, he didn't really even know how to play drums, but wanted to be in a band so he learned on the fly.The first two Cars albums, The Cars and Candy-O. David Thompson isn't talked much about as far as drummers but he sure made this band groove! The production on these two albums were outstanding as well, with Roy Thomas Baker. There's quite a bit to study on these albums. Later, the Heartbeat City album would be produced by Mutt Lange. who's use of drum machines probably alienated David.
Think I might listen to some Cars now.