Party like it’s 1988 with our 35th anniversary playlist

Besides an unlimited supply of Del’s, sunscreen, and long days spent in Scarborough, the one thing you absolutely need for an Ocean State summer is a killer playlist.

To help celebrate Rhode Island Monthly’s 35th anniversary, we’ve traveled back in our time machine to June 1988 to round up the hottest songs.

Half-up hair? We have it!

Acid wash jeans? I have them too!

Fluorescent scrunchies, side ponytails and a healthy dose of headbands? Check, check and check.

Consider it our gift to you – a virtual mixtape that will take you back to the good old days of Epaulets, Rocky Point, Ed DiPrete, Filene’s, Carolyn Fox and Ann & Hope.

Our first issue hit newsstands in May 1988. Notice any familiar faces? We’ve profiled the three local TV networks – Channel 10 (WJAR), Channel 12 (WPRI) and Channel 6 (WLNE) – and put their 6-hour anchors on the coverage.

The Rhode Island 6 A.M. presenters in May 1988. Bottom left: Doug White, Ann Conway, Walter Cryan, Cathy Ray, Janice Glynn and Dave Layman.

Republican Ed DiPrete was governor, Ronald Reagan was in the Oval Office, and then Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. announced in May 1988 that work would soon begin to uncover the Woonasquatucket, Providence, and Moshassuck rivers. Does anyone know what happened to this idea?

So keep hitting us up this year for more throwbacks, fun, fashion trends, and maybe even more music from Rhode Island Monthly’s inaugural year.


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