Red Hot Chili Peppers were conceived in 1983 in a living room in Hollywood where four close buddies from Fairfax High School (Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, flea and Jack Irons) performed an acappella rehearsal for a performance to take place at the legendary Rhythm Lounge. It was at this point that Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons decided to continue their prior commitment in their former band, What Is This?, while Flea and Anthony Kiedis recruited Jack Sherman (guitar) and Cliff Martinez (drums). The band recorded their second album, Freaky Styley, in Detroit with funk god George Clinton acting as producer. In 1986 Cliff Martinez was replaced by Jack Irons, reuniting the original line-up.
They began their careers playing at bars and clubs but at this stage, they were just stage boys that worked weekends for little pay. It was in one of these bars that they met their future member and vocalist Anthony Kiedis, and there's a story behind it.
It was probably the early 1980's, and they were playing at this bar, and Anthony just happened to be there, that’s fate for you, and he was loving what he was hearing, so he decided to return the next week. This went on for a while, until the four of them became good friends. Flea (Michael Balzary) noticed that Anthony had a very unique and interesting voice, and later asked him over for a jam. The chemistry was dangerous. They didn't know it then, but these four would soon become one of the world's sweetest bands.