The September 1996 sessions at Penguin Studios and Chung King Studios in New York is where Billy Corgan recorded tracks for the Ransom soundtrack. Recorded in about a week, this was just Billy Corgan and Matt Walker recording riffs. Corgan's scant vocals were recorded on a mini tape dictaphone recorder. These songs were curiously copyrighted as Parallel Stories. "Appels + Oranjes" made its first recorded appearance at this session.
I just did some music for the Ron Howard movie, Ransom, and some of it is indicative to me of what is ahead-not necessarily the music which is very aggressive electronic music, but the process by which I'm going to approach it. If we do decide to make another record, we feel completely free of the burden of having to do anything, including playing live. I think if we do anything, it will be more music focused and less grind focused.
— Billy Corgan, Greg Kot, "Future Tense", Request Magazine, January 1997