Irons and Slovak had begun playing together in high school while performing in a band called Chain Reaction.
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...Kiedis recalled, "We were drawn to each other by the forces of mischief, love, and The Grateful Dead. At age 15, Kiedis broke his back attempting to jump into a swimming pool from a five-story building, missing the pool by a few inches.Kiedis began working with Flea, and Jack Irons and was described as a "manic master of ceremonies" before he even began singing for the group.
With Strasman set on becoming a lawyer, he quit the band in order to keep his grades up and focus on college. Shortly after hanging out with the band, and attending a few shows, Kiedis was offered a position in the band by Flea.He began as a "hype man", going out in front of the band blurting out jokes to the audience and getting them pumped up.