Brighton rapper uses crumbling West Pier as inspiration

The Argus: Brighton rapper uses crumbling West Pier as inspiration Brighton rapper uses crumbling West Pier as inspiration

A musician has created a music video and song for the West Pier after it suffered serious damage during the storms.

Richard Michalec shot the video for his song on the beach the day after the latest big collapse. 

It has already garnered hundreds of hits on YouTube. 

Ben Collier took this picture of the video being shot on February 5. 

Czech-born singer Mr Michalec's video has already attracted more than 300 views since it was uploaded onto the internet earlier this month.

The originally composed tune features the lyrics “What happened to you? Seem they don't love you anymore”.

Mr Michalec, from Bedford Square in Brighton, said: “I love the West Pier as I have been living next to it for a long time and have seen it through all the changes including the collapses and the fire.

“I remember it still being beautiful back in 1996 and I have always hoped that they were going to repair it.

“I was sad and frustrated after the pier burned down the first time and it lost its sign because when friends came to visit who had never been to Brighton I could not say anymore that I live next to West Pier, or 'meet me by the West Pier'.

Instead I had to say 'meet me by the other pier'.

Meanwhile, artist Terry Horton has also been turning heads with his eye-catching paintings of the famous Victorian landmark.

A solo exhibition of the Brighton-based painter will be held in the Jubilee Library from Monday March 3, for a fortnight in conjunction with charity Cancervive.

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8:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

tom servo says...

This is a joke right? I know music is subjective but this is really awful. As music it's very bad and as a joke it isn't very funny. It's a fail either way.
This is a joke right? I know music is subjective but this is really awful. As music it's very bad and as a joke it isn't very funny. It's a fail either way. tom servo

8:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

monkeymoo says...

That's 3.34 minutes of my life i can never get back.
That's 3.34 minutes of my life i can never get back. monkeymoo

9:36am Wed 26 Feb 14

downbythesea says...

Rappers? Aren't they just people that can't sing but wish they could? Discuss.... lol

Utterly rubbish song but nice try, and good advertising for him from The Arsegas, oops Argus.
Rappers? Aren't they just people that can't sing but wish they could? Discuss.... lol Utterly rubbish song but nice try, and good advertising for him from The Arsegas, oops Argus. downbythesea

10:01am Wed 26 Feb 14

FC says...

I just don't even know what this is. The backing track has been played by 4 years old during their first lesson on their instrument, right? And the "rapper" isn't a rapper, he's just a moron talking over some bad music.

No thanks. This is a really bad parody. Why would the Argus give this moron column space when there's so much REAL MUSIC in Brighton? Where is your music journalist? Do you even have one?
I just don't even know what this is. The backing track has been played by 4 years old during their first lesson on their instrument, right? And the "rapper" isn't a rapper, he's just a moron talking over some bad music. No thanks. This is a really bad parody. Why would the Argus give this moron column space when there's so much REAL MUSIC in Brighton? Where is your music journalist? Do you even have one? FC

10:54am Wed 26 Feb 14

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

Wow! 359 views- There are videos on YouTube of paint drying that have both more views and are more entertaining than this "artist".
Wow! 359 views- There are videos on YouTube of paint drying that have both more views and are more entertaining than this "artist". uniteagainstparkingcharges

11:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

Actually, I take it back....I didn't get it at first but after a few listens it really grows on you. It's genius, historically accurate and really catchy. I'll be humming that tune all day.

West Pier
What happened to you?
Oh, West Pier
What happened to you?
Oh, West Pier
What happened to you?
Seem they don't love you anymore
Actually, I take it back....I didn't get it at first but after a few listens it really grows on you. It's genius, historically accurate and really catchy. I'll be humming that tune all day. West Pier What happened to you? Oh, West Pier What happened to you? Oh, West Pier What happened to you? Seem they don't love you anymore uniteagainstparkingcharges

6:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Roundbill says...

I liked the bit at 3:35, where it ended and I could start hoping I never had to hear it again. Seriously Neil, is this the best you could come up with after trawling Youtube for an afternoon?
I liked the bit at 3:35, where it ended and I could start hoping I never had to hear it again. Seriously Neil, is this the best you could come up with after trawling Youtube for an afternoon? Roundbill

11:15am Thu 27 Feb 14

Darren Jockey says...

Sorry to say, but this is just terrible!
Sorry to say, but this is just terrible! Darren Jockey

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