Frontman Brandon Flowers explained that the comedian suggested the economic theme behind 'Deadlines And Commitments'.
"I was having dinner with Jimmy Carr, like you do, and he thought the next big breakthrough record that people were going to notice was going to be about the problems of the economy," Flowers told Shortlist.
Speaking of how they became friends, he added: "We played Comic Relief and he was there, I struck up conversation and he's great. When he comes to Vegas we see him, and here in London. We were talking about Bruce Springsteen or something, we thought that somebody was going to make a record like that."
On the current music scene, Flowers concluded: "Guitar bands aren't writing songs. Write a f**king song, get over yourself. There aren't any. Where are they? Dance music cannot compete with a really great rock and roll song.
"There ain't no DJ that's gonna play something that can take 'Mr Brightside' or 'Don't Look Back In Anger'. Those songs are better than that."
The Killers release new album Battle Born on September 17. They recently announced a UK arena tour.
Watch The Killers' video for 'Runaways' below: