He and Kiedis hired drummer Cliff Martinez and guitarist Jack Sherman to fill Irons's and Slovak's places, respectively.Funk musician George Clinton was hired to produce the band's second album, Freaky Styley (1985)."I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household", Flea later said, "I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures.It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life." Kiedis recalled: "We were drawn to each other by the forces of mischief and love and we became virtually inseparable. We found each other and it turned out to be the longest-lasting friendship of my life." Flea was turned on to rock music by Hillel Slovak, and particularly punk rock by Anthony Kiedis.
Mc Knight soon began to create tension within the group, as his style did not mesh with the rest of the band.
Flea, Slovak and Kiedis especially were involved in heavy drug use and their relationships became strained.
Flea recalled that "it began to seem ugly to me and not fun; our communication was not healthy".
When Flea was seven, his family moved to Larchmont, New York for his father's career.
In 1971, his parents divorced and his father returned to Australia.
To record the album, Rubin suggested they use a mansion that once belonged to magician Harry Houdini.