I notice there have been one or two things in the banding press moaning about cheese. "We wont be taken seriously", "they don't do that in other country's" etc etc etc. Has Cheese really become a dirty word? While I played a lot of the modern serious stuff during my time, I rarely enjoyed it, the reason I didn't enjoy it wasn't because I didn't have the capacity to understand it, it wasn't because I'm a Luddite, it wasn't because I couldn't play it, it was because often or not it sounded rubbish! Luckily for me, I played in one of the best bands in the world, we had options program wise, we played great/hard entertaining programs, we were lucky, we had the capacity to do that, the majority of bands in the country don't. So they play popular cheese. In my opinion Cheese will always have a hugely important place in banding because we are a music group of the people. I feel sometimes the balance certainly test piece wise is moving over to the squeaky gate merchants, thats fine, a certain amount of experimentation has to to happen but bottom line, a very small amount of our listener will ever be interested in it and a large amount of our best players will add it to their list of reasons to sack banding. A bit like the New Labour shifted their policy's to pick up mondeo man, I feel the squeaky gate mob are insistent on trying to pick up/import a different clientèle of Guardian reading Newsnight review types, the sort of mob who apparently really think a unmade bed is beautiful art and not just a unmade bed. Thats fine, a new type of listener is always welcome but their numbers will never replace the client base we have. I think we as a movement must not become so insular that we play to ourselves and a few pretentious sheep, we must always play to the people who pay to listen to us. People don't want to be educated, they want to be entertained. I think its easy to knock our movements cheese merchants but people must never forget most bands wouldn't be able to play a lot of the modern stuff technically, would gain no pleasure from the experience and wouldn't have the client base to fill a hall to listen to it. Cheese will always have a place in banding.