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Funk musician George Clinton was hired to produce the band's second album, Freaky Styley, as Slovak returned on guitar.The strong chemistry between Clinton and the Chili Peppers was felt instantly. It received only a bit more attention than The Red Hot Chili Peppers with roughly 75,000 copies sold by year's end. had finally disbanded, and Irons returned to the Chili Peppers in mid-1986 after Martinez was fired.After the show, Slovak invited Kiedis to his house for a snack.Kiedis later described the experience in his autobiography Scar Tissue: "Within a few minutes of hanging out with Hillel, I sensed that he was absolutely different from most of the people I'd spent time with...Gill and Sherman clashed with Kiedis and Flea; they continuously argued over music style, sound, and the album's production.Sherman was fired from the band following the tour and replaced by a returning Slovak.Flea, Slovak and Kiedis especially were involved in heavy drug use and their relationships became strained.
He was asked to leave the band in order to undergo drug rehabilitation.Kiedis and Flea hired drummer Cliff Martinez from The Weirdos and guitarist Jack Sherman to fill Iron's and Slovak's places, respectively.Andy Gill, formerly of Gang of Four, agreed to produce their first album, 1984's The Red Hot Chili Peppers.Although Kiedis had recently become clean, his withdrawal symptoms increased and affected his musical contributions to the group.After fifty days of sobriety, Kiedis decided to take drugs again as a one-time attempt to celebrate his new music, which led to his resumed addiction.