Kaiser Chiefs drummer, Duran Duran collaborate

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Kaiser Chiefs drummer, Duran Duran collaborate

With songs like Ruby, I Predict A Riot and Never Miss A Beat, British rockers the Kaiser Chiefs have proved they know how to write a catchy hit with a big chorus.

Now drummer Nick Hodgson is helping UK 80s sensations Duran Duran write material for their new album.

Hodgson was brought into the studio with Simon Le Bon and co by producer Mark Ronson, who worked on the Kaiser Chiefs' last album Off With Their Heads.

The Kaiser Chiefs landed in Australia this week ahead of a national tour and V Festival performances.

Hodgson says he is still coming to terms with the fact he was working with the band behind Rio and Girls on Film.

"I've been listening to a lot of Duran Duran on a flight I've just taken, and they are very interesting songs really," Hodgson told AAP.

"I always liked them. It seems so strange to be talking about it."

Ronson has compared the Kaiser Chiefs to Duran Duran, telling NME magazine: "There's a lot of Kaiser Chiefs songs I could imagine being on a Duran Duran record 25 years ago".

It is the first time Hodgson has written with anyone other than Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson, but he said he didn't change his songwriting style for the collaboration.

"I had to think to myself, 'right, do I care whether they like me?'" he said.

"I had to make that decision in my head before because I kept thinking, 'I could just be quiet and not be myself, but then we wouldn't get anything done.'

"So I was willing to sacrifice being popular for actually getting something done. But I think it was quite a nice balance really."

Courtesy ABC News

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