This was the first track on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' debut album and the band's first song with a music video. The song (like the rest of the album) was produced by former Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill.
The band made a video for this song, which showed them shirtless and spastic, a look they would use for many years.
The song is a good example of the punk/funk sound the band developed. They found a home on college radio and developed a loyal fanbase as each album saw increasing sales, with their fifth release, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling about 12 million copies as they crossed over to a mainstream audience.