While listening to the New Order album “Substance”, I was startled to hear the sound of frog calls. In fact, I initially thought that one of my frog recordings had started playing simultaneously with the New Order album. Then I realized the croaks were part of the song.
My first reaction was that I was hearing the sound of a pacific chorus frog. After listening to the song a few times, I am even more convinced that these are pacific chorus frog sounds. You can listen and judge yourself with the two videos below.
The frog calls start about 5 minutes and 50 seconds into the song “The Perfect Kiss”:
Here is a Pacific Chorus Frog calling:
New Order emerged from the Manchester music scene of the 1970s and 80s (portrayed in the interesting and entertaining film 24 Hour Party People). Pacific chorus frogs don’t live in the UK, but the band could have used a stock recording. This wouldn’t be a new phenomenon, as the calls of these frogs are widely used in in movies. I’ve read several accounts about New Order incorporating frog call samples into “The Perfect Kiss”, but I can’t find any article that confirms what type of frog call they used.
What do you think? Did New Order use the call of a pacific chorus frog? Or are they using a different species? I would be interested in reading your opinion in the comments!