The track reached number two on the Billboard Hot in early Problems playing these files? Blood Sugar Sex Magik was written at a more rapid pace than the band's previous album.
Kiedis focused lyrically on sexual references and innuendos, as they were frequently on his mind. Rubin asked Kiedis to write a song solely about girls and cars. Although Kiedis disliked the concept, he wrote the song as Rubin requested and ended up disliking almost every one of the lyrics' aspects.
Also, he suggested that Kiedis would show it to the band's other members. However, Kiedis was apprehensive because he thought the lyrics were "too soft" and different from the band's style. After singing the verse to Frusciante, the band started working on the song's structure the song the next day. The Chilli Peppers even played once at the end of the Mother's Milk Tour in , while the intros for "The Greeting Song" and "Sir Psycho Sexy" were also teased during the end of that tour; however, neither song was completed or had lyrics.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik integrated the band's typical punk and funk style, but moved away from all that with more melodically driven songs. When you play less, it's more exciting—there's more room for everything. If I do play something busy, it stands out, instead of the bass being a constant onslaught of notes. He feared that he was following in his father's footsteps and simply becoming a womanizer, rather than establishing stable and long-term relationships: One specific jam caused the breakout song on the album: Frusciante, Flea, and Smith were all playing together—with Kiedis at another part of the room watching—when "Flea started playing this insane bass line, and Chad cracked up and played along I always had fragments of song ideas or even specific isolated phrases in my mind.
I Kiedis took the mic and belted out 'Give it away, give it away, give it away, give it away now. It, thus, gave developed the song "Give It Away". All photography, paintings and art direction for Blood Sugar Sex Magik were credited to filmmaker Gus Van Sant ,  with the exception of the "tongue illustration", which, according to the album booklet, is credited to Henky Penky Henk Schiffmacher.
The cover of the album features the four band members' faces positioned around a rose. The lyrics are printed in white lettering across a black background, hand written by Kiedis. Photographs of each band member alone, and two photographs of the band as a whole are also included. The cover of "Give It Away" was a painting of a Chinese infant, surrounded by fish, vegetables, fruits and sushi ; "Under the Bridge" is a photograph of a bridge in the city of Los Angeles; "Suck My Kiss" had a black and white photograph of the band, with Kiedis and Flea holding a large fish; "If You Have to Ask" is an illustration of an avocado next to a girl's large buttocks in a yellow bikini; and "Breaking the Girl" featured a painting of a human being covered in magma.
Promotion and release[ edit ] Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released on September 24, , the same day as Nirvana 's breakthrough album Nevermind. It was certified gold just over two months later on November 26, , and certified platinum on April 1, ; since then it has gone seven times platinum in the United States. When Frusciante began playing "Under the Bridge", Kiedis missed his cue; the entire audience began singing the song, instead.
Kiedis was initially "mortified that I had fucked up in front of Warner's people I apologized for fucking up but they said 'Fucking up? Are you kidding me? When every single kid at the show sings a song, that's our next single. Kiedis recalled of the situation: