To understand Adore, one has to revisit 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The double album and follow-up to 1993’s critical and commercial diamond, Siamese Dream, would go on to draw comparisons to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, produce five chart-scaling singles, nab seven Grammy Award nominations (winning one), and be certified 10x Platinum in the United States. Suffice it to say, the Chicago troupe didn’t enjoy success; they were smothered by it. So, three years later and following a year-long, sold-out tour, The Smashing Pumpkins returned home destroyed rather than saved. While on tour, Chamberlin was shown the exit and taken to rehab after he and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin overdosed on heroin together in New York City (the latter succumbing to the drug). Corgan, however, was dealt the worst blows: Not only did he lose Chamberlin, but his marriage was ending just as his mother died of cancer.