The GOODS from The Bottleneck
Vancouver, BC | It’s been four years since we sat down with Phil (Flip Out) and Scott (Vinyl Ritchie) to dream up a weekly series that showcases the best music ever produced in it’s purest, most golden state: the 45″ pressing. Now 4 might seem like an odd (well, technically even) number to drop a flag, but this sweet Summer practically demanded it. For decades, DJs Flips Out and Vinyl Ritchie have been friends and creative partners – fixtures not only in Vancouver, but in music scenes around the world. In the lead-up to our Flip Vinyl anniversary party, I asked these two musical mavericks the same set of questions, just to see how like-minded they really are. And boy, was I surprised.
Where are you from?
Vinyl Ritchie – Halifax. moved to Van early 90s.
Flip Out – Vancouver, Grace Hospital.
What genre do you feel the biggest connection to?
VR – Soft rock & country.
FO – Hip Hop, Bboy breaks, or Iron Maiden
If you could only listen to albums that were recorded in a particular year, what year would you choose?
VR – 1966
FO – 1974 or whenever Iron Maiden’s Flight of Icarus came out (1983).
Sweetest voice you’ve ever heard:
VR – Foxy Moron
FO – Michael Jackson
Sexiest song ever:
VR – Sex & Violence by The Exploited
FO – S&M by 2 LiveCrew
Your go-to album for making everything better:
VR – Minor Threat’s first two 7”s
FO – Songs In The Key Of Life or The Low End Theory or Piece Of Mind (w/ Flight Of Icarus)
Best song to kick off a party with:
VR – Tush by ZZ Top
FO – Sex Machine by James Brown. Or Flight of Icarus.
Best song to clear out a party with:
VR – Again, Minor Threat’s first two 7”s
FO – Flight Of Icarus – Iron Maiden (it’s my favorite Maiden song) *Editor’s Note: No way, really?
How did you two first meet?
VR – I met Flip at either Nandos or Starfish Room.
FO – He was the first DJ I ever heard play hip-hop in a 19+ nightclub when I snuck in underage.
Of all the songs ever written, which one best describes your relationship?
VR – Ebony & Ivory (go together in perfect harmony, side by side)
FO – Ebony & Ivory.
*There you have it folks. Their love is REAL. Join us for the Four Year Anniversary party Weds, July 26th at The Bottleneck / 870 Granville Street / 9pm / Free
Chef: Derek Bothwell
Promotions Manager: Juliana Moore
General Manager: Jason Coleman
About The Bottleneck
Located below the historic Commodore Ballroom at 870 Granville Street. You’ll find a beautifully restored modern tavern in downtown Vancouver. The interior is warm, rustic and full of woodsy motifs. Boasting excellent service, great music and miles of booze-filled bottles, the experience is warm and wonderful on every level. The dinner and late-night menu is West Coast seasonal, featuring size-specific plates prepared in-house with fresh, organic, locally grown ingredients. Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30pm – 2am, and Saturday 5pm – 2am.
Press & Accolades
Dinner with Fred Penner at The Bottleneck | Vancouver Is Awesome
Bottleneck offers chilled out place to eat under the Commodore Ballroom | Georgia Straight
Inside Bottleneck Bar & Restaurant | Inside Vancouver
Pull up a stool at The Bottleneck | Ion Magazine