YMMV: Soul Music

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Okay, it's a book, so there isn't actual music, but The Grim Reaper shredding on a guitar must be awesome.
    • The animated version came up with tunes for "Sioni Bod Da" and its remix "The Messenger."
    • There is, actually, a full soundtrack of the songs that the Band With Rocks In did.
      • Terry Pratchett himself mentioned in an interview how impressed he was with the cartoon's soundtrack.
  • Fridge Brilliance: At the end, Imp turns out to have reappeared cooking fish and chips at a hot food shop. This is the same sort of work that Death himself was doing when he felt happiness for the first time in Mort. He didn't just spare Imp's life, he found him one that would allow Susan to meet him and that he thought would make Imp happy! Awwww....
    • In the animated adaptation, the song "Good Lovin'" contains the lines: "I know the road and I'm in command/ We're gonna hit the heights." This seems to foreshadow the climax, where the Band's cart goes over the edge of the same high mountain road where Mort and Ysabell fell to their death.
    • Objects in Death's house are inaccurately reconstructed (rock-hard hanging towels, drawers and blotters fused into desks, pipes not hollow until Albert had them replaced) because when Death is carrying out the Duty and sees such things, he's usually incorporeal and can't actually touch or handle them. Hence, he has no way of knowing their proper texture, weight, or whether they should be movable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: That whole Klatchian Foreign Legion bit is sure less funny now, in light of Terry Pratchett's..."embuggerance".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The actions The Musicians' Guild take in trying to stop music from being given away for free seems to be predictive of the current antics of the RIAA. Well, except the RIAA haven't tried to have anyone killed. (So far as we know).
      • They did the same thing at the birth of radio, and so did the Musician's Union in the UK. Since Pratchett is a British author old enough to remember this, it's most likely a reference to the MU's opposition to recorded music being played in public venues.
  • Narm: It becomes a bit harder to feel sad in the scene where the band die, due to Susan suddenly screaming "NOOOOOOOOOO!" to the heavens.