D is for… Dennis Wilson
Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson was cooler than an ice lolly dressed like Elvis. He was the Beach Boy that actually surfed - it was Dennis who suggested that the group write about surfing in the first place.
Depending on your point of view, his 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue is often regarded a masterpiece (listen to River Song here) but one of Dennis’ greatest contributions to pop culture was his appearance in the 1971 nihilistic road movie Two-Lane Blacktop (watch this Critics' Pick doc for proof).
Wilson played The Mechanic while fellow musician James Taylor portrayed The Driver. The movie follows the characters blasting across America in a ’55 Chevy earning money by street racing. Nothing much happens but it's very, very cool.
D is also for… Dick Heads
Dick Heads is the affectionate name adopted by the many obsessed fans of Dick Dale. Isn’t that nice? You can even buy badges and t-shirts emblazoned with the legend ‘I’m a Dick Head.’ Fans of James Blunt or <insert your own musical nemesis here> could probably work up their own versions too…
In other news, one of Dick’s fans has put together an interesting online museum dedicated to his hero - head here for info.