Love's Sweet Exile

"Love's Sweet Exile / Repeat (UK)"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Generation Terrorists
  • "Repeat (UK)"
  • "Democracy Coma" (12", CD)
  • "Stay Beautiful (Live)" (limited edition 12")
Released 28 October 1991
Format 7" and 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded Mid 1991
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Steve Brown
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Stay Beautiful"
"Love's Sweet Exile / Repeat (UK)"
"You Love Us"

"Love's Sweet Exile" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 28 October 1991 by record label Columbia as the second single from their debut album Generation Terrorists (1992). The B-side, "Repeat (UK)", appears on the same album.


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[3]


"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,[4] 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".

Music video

The video for the song directed by W.I.Z. is notorious for its homoerotic imagery.[5] 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.

Track listing


All lyrics written by Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire; all music composed by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Love's Sweet Exile"   3:12
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Repeat (UK)"   3:08
CD and 12"
No. Title Length
1. "Love's Sweet Exile"   3:12
2. "Repeat (UK)"   3:08
3. "Democracy Coma"   3:44
Limited edition gatefold 12"
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Love's Sweet Exile"   3:12
2. "Repeat (UK)"   3:08
3. "Democracy Coma"   3:44
4. "Stay Beautiful" (live)"   2:52


Chart (1991) Peak
UK Singles Chart 26[4]
UK chart performance
UK Top 40
Week 01 02


  1. Shepard, Sam (29 October 2011). "Manic Street Preachers – National Treasures". musicOMH. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. "Manics Monday: Rain Down Alienation - Generation Terrorists' key tracks". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press.
  4. 1 2 "Manic Street Preachers". Official Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. Price 1999.
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