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In his early years record stores often refused to stock his band's records "because they didn't want Arabs coming in to their shops."
There was little money; the band performed in suburbs of Lyon. Taha took a standard patriotic French song entitled Sweet France (in French: Douce France) originally recorded by Charles Trenet in the 1940s, kept the lyrics, but sang it with "furious irony" which irritated many French listeners, particularly coming from a "scruffy, bohemian-looking Arabic singer," to the point where Taha's version was banned from French radio. The "acerbic" song created a "splash", nevertheless, and won Taha some recognition as a serious artist. The group never achieved much commercial success and, as a result, Taha had to work a series of day jobs in a factory, then as a house painter, a dishwasher, and later as an encyclopedia salesperson.
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