Damn. Fantastic break down.
Thanks. I listened to Victor a lot when it came out, and I'd say sometime over that first six months from its release I noticed the connection in some of the songs. At first I thought Alex was trying hard not to sound like Rush and writing "edgy" stuff to show his appreciation for 90's acts like Nine Inch Nails and Stabbing Westward, but then I came to realize he was saying some pretty specific things in the songs. Victor has stayed in rotation ever since, playing it at least a few times a year, and the connections between the songs kept coming. It wasn't until years later that I was like "Ohh... Mr. X!". I feel like the "drug reference" and its helping his relationship with his wife part of an interview I read with Alex was more specific, I remember it referencing ecstasy specifically, and that was the final piece of the puzzle, Strip And Go Naked finally had its meaning. I view the whole album as one story, and man did Alex have some serious demons to exorcise, which he did beautifully through his art.