In 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers wanted to record their upcoming album in an unconventional setting believing it would enhance their creative output. Producer Rick Rubin suggested this mansion at located at 2451 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Los Angeles, California. The mansion (Rubin later bought) was once the home of magician Harry Houdini.
Here’s Flea & John Frusciante in front of what is now known as “The Mansion” during the “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” recording sessions.
A crew was hired to set up a recording studio and other equipment required for production in the house. The band decided that they would remain inside the mansion for the duration of recording, though Chad Smith, convinced the location was haunted refused to stay and instead came to the studio each day by motorcycle. John Frusciante agreed with Smith claim of ghosts in the house, he said,
“There are definitely ghosts in the house”
But unlike Smith, Frusciante was not creeped out by the ghosts, saying,
“They were very friendly. We have nothing but warm vibes and happiness everywhere we go in this house.”
One of the “Ghosts” even made it’s way into a band photo used on the album. The Blood Sugar Sex Magik album art features a snapshot of a strange orb or face hovering around Anthony Kiedis during a group photograph taken on the property. RHCP members maintain this was a spirit from the house.