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.
"Stay Beautiful" was released as a single on 29 July 1991 by record label Columbia. The single only just crept into the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 40 on 10 August 1991. It was re-issued six years later but failed again to make the top 40, reaching number 52 on 13 September 1997.
The title of "Stay Beautiful" was used by Renault in a television advertisement for a car in reference to the song. There is also a bar/club in London named Stay Beautiful in reference to the song. During his solo tour, bassist Nicky Wire performed there.
^Buckley, Peter, ed. (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 642. ISBN978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 16 February 2015. After signing to the Sony label, "Stay Beautiful" became the Manics' first Top 40 single in July 1991