A previously unreleased demo by The Jam is the highlight of a new compilation which coincides with the first official memorabilia exhibition dedicated to the band.

The demo of Takin’ My Love features on the 47-song compilation About The Young Idea, released on June 22. The two CDs also include a demo of Burning Sky as well as hits such as Going Underground, Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and The Eton Rifles. The studio version of Takin’ My Love features on 1977’s debut album In The City, while Burning Sky is on 1980’s Setting Sons.

Also entitled About The Young Idea, the exhibition at London’s Somerset House runs from June 26 to August 31. It’s curated by Paul Weller’s sister Nicky Weller, who ran The Jam’s fanclub, alongside Gary Crowley and artwork curators Tory Turk and Russell Reader. It includes handwritten lyrics, instruments and stage outfits donated by the band, childhood scrapbooks, letters and postcards plus footage of unreleased music videos.

Paul Weller said: “When we were in the band, I would never have thought that some 35-odd years later, there would be an exhibition in our name at Somerset House. How incredible it is to think of all the memorabilia from the band, our families and fans together in one place. What an honour.” Bruce Foxton added: ““The Jam’s music still sounds contemporary today, some 35 years on. That is a real testament to the quality of the songwriting and the musicianship.

I am extremely proud of having been a part of The Jam and the friendship the three of us enjoyed during that period and still do. This exhibition enables the fans to get more of an insight into the band. Somerset House, who’d have thought? Enjoy!”
Rick Buckler commented: “There’s been talk for a very long time about some form of exhibition that celebrates The Jam. Now it’s finally happening, I’m pleased. I’m pleased for the fans and pleased that The Jam continue to mean so much to so many people, and that by visiting the exhibition The Jam can be remembered by lots of people from several generations.”

A book, Growing Up With The Jam, also coincides with the exhibition. It features introductions from Weller, Foxton and Buckler, plus memories of the band from musicians such as Ray Davies, Pete Townshend, Adam Ant, Mick Jones, Bob Geldof, Noel Gallagher and Kelly Jones plus actors including Martin Freeman and Max Beesley.

Tickets for the exhibition are £9.50, or £17.50 with a copy of the compilation. A £65 deluxe edition of Growing Up With The Jam from Pledge Music includes a ticket to the exhibition’s VIP night on June 27.