This article is for those that love the 90’s ,So . . .
Last night after doing another installment of the podcast and being driven to drink by Z, I headed home with a slight buzz and the inability to fall into a deep sleep. While surfing the late shows on TV I came across TeenNick and a name that jumped out at me instantly “Salute Your Shorts”. Immediately I switched over and my love and affection for the 90’s kept me awake for another two hours. I couldn’t remember the last time I watched this show and I forgotten how funny it was. It was good to see Budnick, Donkeylips, and Co. romp it up and get into trouble at good ole Camp Awanna.
The whole premise of “Salute Your Shorts” was about a group of teenage camper and their crazy camp counselor getting into hi jinks throughout the show. The title comes from show creator and author Steve Slavkin’s book Salute Your Shorts: Life At Summer Camp, and the prank of putting a boy’s boxer shorts on the camp flag pole and saluting them when they are raised. The other cool thing about salute your shorts were the cool titles for episodes and story premises that paid homage to huge pop culture movies (ie. They Call Me Ms. Tibbs, The Cursed Skull, Wrath of Khan, Jr, The Treasure of Sarah Madre, Citizen Pinsky).
To be able to watch this show again last night was the highlight of my shitty week but also the realization that; yes the 80’s were cool and weird, but don’t forget about the 90’s. It was the decade that started the explosion of pop culture and marketability to the mainstream well into the 21st Century. Don’t believe me then check out this nugget:
Creator Steve Slavkin went on to create such mediocre but memorable shows as USA High for the fledgling USA Network and Running the Halls for the Teen NBC block on Saturday mornings. Slavkin also wrote a little unknown movie called Cutting Class which then featured an up and coming actor known as BRAD PITT.
It gets better:
The production company that produced Salute Your Shorts, Propaganda Films was then a fledgling company found by Steve Golin and Sigurjon Sighvatsson along with directors DAVID FINCHER (Seven, The Social Network), NIGEL DICK, and DOMINIC SENA. These guys would go on to produce or direct a third of most music videos in the USA by 1990. They would also go on the hire and put to work these some what unknown directors:
MICHAEL BAY (Bad Boys, Transformers)
ALEX PROYAS (Dark City, The Crow)
ANTOINE FUQUA (Training Day, Tears of the Sun)
SPIKE JONZE (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich)
MARK ROMANEK (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go)
SIMON WEST (Con Air, Black Hawk Down)
Though only lasting two seasons Salute Your Shorts went on to indirectly influence the best and worst of pop culture in the 90’s and 21st Century. Either way if your a fan than check out reruns on the TeenNick’s “The 90’s Were All That” program block March 23-25th. And check out this cool fan page for lovers of the show: