Not to be confused with the Australian rocker and bassist of the same name, this Robert Cooper is an American who was part of the band of Pete Droge before leaving to chisel into harder rock. Based in Los Angeles,Cooper was also seen by some concert audiences as a fill-in bassist for Mike Daane of Last Rites, not because Daane was receiving his, but because he had garnered a better-paying stint with Sara Hickman.
Cooper was supposedly roommates in the '90s with Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin. The latter player and his roomie bassman also noodled around with some of the post-Replacements projects of Tommy Stinson. Droge features Cooper on a 1994 recording as well as on live tracks released by the Mountain Stage radio series. An intelligent, neutral way to experience this artist, however, is in the course of the soundtrack to the film Dumb and Dumber, where a Droge ditty is embedded.