Stay Beautiful (Manic Street Preachers song)

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"Stay Beautiful"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Generation Terrorists
Released 29 July 1991
Format CD, vinyl record (7"/12")
Recorded Mid-1991
Genre Alternative rock, glam punk, punk rock
Length 3:10
Label Columbia
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Feminine Is Beautiful"
"Stay Beautiful"
"Love's Sweet Exile/Repeat"

"Stay Beautiful" was released by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers on 29 July 1991 and was the first single to be released from the debut album Generation Terrorists.[1]

All formats included "R.P. McMurphy" with CD and 12" adding "Soul Contamination". The title of "R.P. McMurphy" is based on the protagonist of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (which was subsequently made into a film).[2] The single only just crept into the UK charts, reaching number forty on 10 August 1991.[3][4] It was re-issued six years later but failed again to make the top 40, reaching number 52 on 13 September 1997.

The title track was previously entitled Generation Terrorists and originally featured the lyrics "Why don't you just fuck off" in the chorus, which was cut to just "Why don't you just..." (gap) in this version. It has since become the fans' base custom to shout the original lyric out loud when the band still occasionally perform the song live.[5]

The video contains Richey's right eye being splashed with paint, and a somewhat amusing space octopus at the end; references to themes and events in Alan Moore's Watchmen.

The title of 'Stay Beautiful' was used by Renault for a television advertisement for a car and there is also a bar/club night in London named "Stay Beautiful" in reference to the song. During his solo tour, Manic's bassist Nicky Wire performed there.

Track listing[edit]

CD / 12"[edit]

  1. "Stay Beautiful"
  2. "R.P. McMurphy"
  3. "Soul Contamination"


  1. "Stay Beautiful"
  2. "R.P. McMurphy"


Chart (1991) Peak
UK Singles Chart[6] 40

UK Chart Performance[edit]

UK Top 40
Week 01


  1. ^ Steve Taylor (27 September 2006). The A to X of Alternative Music. A&C Black. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-0-8264-8217-4. 
  2. ^ Simon Reynolds (24 May 2011). Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop. Soft Skull Press. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-1-59376-460-9. 
  3. ^ Peter Buckley (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. pp. 642–. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. After signing to the Sony label, "Stay Beautiful" became the Manics' first Top 40 single in July 1991 
  4. ^ Rob Jovanovic (3 December 2010). A Version of Reason: The Search for Richey Edwards. Orion. pp. 93–. ISBN 978-1-4091-1129-0. 
  5. ^ Martin Power (1 June 2012). Nailed to History: The Story of the Manic Street Preachers. Music Sales Group. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-85712-776-1. 
  6. ^ "Manic Street Preachers - Official Single Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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