In this song, System Of A Down are rocking out on the radio and on the video. It's a self-effacing look at how popular they became, which seemed unthinkable when they were starting out in the mid-'90s. By being defiantly unconventional, they crashed the gates and became one of the top hard rock bands in America.
Most SOAD songs have lyrics by lead singer Serj Tankian, but guitarist Daron Malakian wrote the lyrics to this one and sings on it with Tankian. Danny and Lisa in the song are Daron Malakian's friends from when he was a kid - they were his neighbors. Putting them in the song is a nod to his humble beginnings.
System Of A Down powered their tracks with blast beats and raging riffs, but they sometimes sprinkled a little Armenian folk music in as well, which you can hear on "Radio/Video." You'll also hear another hallmark of their sound: a "la la" bridge.
This is part of the Mezmerize album, the band's fourth. It came about two-and-a-half years after their last one (Steal This Album!), but then they turned around and released their next one, Hypnotize, just six months later. Both Mezmerize and Hypnotize went to #1 in America, giving them a rare feat: two #1 albums in the same calendar year (2005).
System Of A Down broke up in 2006. When they returned in 2010, "Radio/Video" was one of the songs that held a place in their setlist, even though it was never released as a single.