The track "Love's Sweet Exile" was originally called "Faceless Sense of Void". The principal difference between the two is that the original version does not have the chorus of the recorded version. The melody for the chorus was taken from another unreleased Manic Street Preachers song, "Just Can't Be Happy Without You". The band – James Dean Bradfield in particular – have said that they dislike the version recorded for Generation Terrorists.
"Love's Sweet Exile" was released on 28 October 1991 by record label Columbia. The single reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart on 9 November 1991, making it the band's highest charting single at that point.
The CD and standard 12" included "Democracy Coma" (which was an album track on the U.S. version of the debut album). There was also a limited gatefold 12" with a bonus live version of "Stay Beautiful".
The video for the song directed by W.I.Z. is notorious for its homoerotic imagery. Band members and lyricists Nicky Wire and Richey James Edwards are apparently naked while in close contact with each other, while Bradfield is also apparently naked, with an archery-like target drawn on his chest.