In 1985, Red Hot Chili Peppers released their second album, ?Freaky Styley.? The album saw their original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, and drummer Jack Irons rejoining the band for their first Chili Peppers album. Four singles was released from ?Freaky Styley?, namely ?Jungle Man?, ?American Ghost Dance?, ?Catholic School Girls Rule? and ?Hollywood (Africa)?.
The band had during the previous years built a reputation for being some of the hottest live artist in Los Angeles. Now that the original gang was back together, everything was perfectly paved out for the recording of the second Red Hot Chili Peppers album.
The album was produced by self proclaimed master of funk, George Clinton. Clinton?s funkiness contributed to the funkiest album the Chili Peppers have ever made. It seems like the combination of an immature Chili Peppers and Clinton, the grand daddy of funk, was a perfect match. You can really taste the start of Red Hot Chili Peppers trademark style on this album.
If you are looking for the Peppers that we all know today from albums such as Californication and Stadium Arcadium, you will probably be disappointed with Freaky Styley. It is an album which is a whole different story. The funky style is brought to a level that the Chili Peppers had not done before and have not done after. I?m not sure that any band has for that matter.
The vocals of Anthony Kiedis is not what you would expect from him when you know what he has done later, but it fits like a glove to Flea?s bass and Irons drum work on this album. In this stage of the bands growing process, they seemed mostly interested in delivering obscure sexual and other messages that is hard to understand. That?s why you shouldn?t put to much into getting a lot out of the lyrical messages on ?Freaky Styley?.
Putting yourself back in 1985 and hearing a song from Freaky Styley on the radio, you could probably imagine it being either rap group trying to get closer to rock, or a rock group trying to be a rap group. While you could place the Peppers in the last category, you have to understand that this was their natural way of expressing themselves. They were made for the funky style that Freaky Styley is all about. In the later years they have polished their style to fit a broader audience, but they have still maintained some of their natural funk instinct.
Having all this in mind, Freaky Style is really an enjoyable album. It really has no weak tracks. Even if it?s not one of the all time greats, it is absolutely an album you should not miss.