FUNK band C.C. Ryders said yes to the Beijing Olympic bid despite China saying no to their music. The six-piece group planned a 10-city tour of the mainland last month but were told, through their promoter, that China was not ready for them. Ricky Lynn Johnson, drummer and singer, said: ''We were all very disappointed when we heard the tour had been called off because it would have been a great opportunity for a bit of cultural exchange. ''We weren't told exactly why the tour was cancelled but a letter from the Chinese organisers mentioned spiritual pollution which we found quite incredible. ''There is no crotch-grabbing in our act and we are not Madonna or Guns N' Roses - we just wanted to be given the chance to act as ambassadors for good-time American music.'' The band was told the tour would be part of a Public Security Bureau benefit and was paid a non-refundable deposit by the Chinese organisers. ''The cancellation is all a bit of a mystery to us but we are still hoping we will be able to play in China in the future,'' Ricky said. Despite the rejection the band is backing the Beijing bid. ''I think it is important for the Chinese people that Beijing gets the Games because I am sure it will lead to a greater openness in China and a freer society,'' Ricky said. ''I am sorry the Chinese system chose to penalise us but I don't think that means we should want to penalise the Chinese people,'' he added. ''The Games would be of great cultural benefit to them and I think they should be given the opportunity to host the Olympics in 2000. ''I think the positive aspects of Beijing winning the vote outweigh the negative aspects and I wish China luck,'' Ricky added. To prove there were no hard feelings, the band, who are a regular feature at JJ's club in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, toasted the Beijing bid with a special JJ's Beijing 2000 cocktail. Its intriguing and potent list of ingredients included condensed jasmine tea, canned lychee, gin, triple sec and grenadine, topped with a slice of starfruit.