"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" in the soundtrack is a cleverly obscure throwback to the credits of the original movie, but even a cursory glance at the lyrics shows that it's more than a little bit of foreshadowing too ("Worlds apart, hearts broken in two/Sleepless nights/Losing ground/I'm reaching for you", right at the beginning, for example), chock full of oblique references to the separation that the Flynns experienced, as well as perhaps Kevin and Clu's uneasy relationship.
arachknight1979: Was I the only one who was miffed when Sam turned on the power to Flynn's Arcade and "Separate Ways, Worlds Apart" was playing on the jukebox? I mean, it's a great song, but THIS song was in the first movie. THIS song should have been playing. lol I know it's a total nerd nitpick, but still...'
Grayarcadian: I was thinking about that. While Only Solutions would work, it wouldn't have had the same impact or meaning. Flynn's "only solutions" approach worked with MCP, but he then met a puzzle he could never solve. A part of himself creates a system purge because it just couldn't take not having a solution. Now in the present day he's literally World's Apart, both he and Sam's hearts are "trapped between confusion and pain," there definitely were "promises made in vain" (seeing the grid) and at the end he really must go and be "wished love," but its clear that he's "never walked alone." Yeah, the context of a Journey love ballad [is] turned on [its] ear, but I appreciated all of the thoughtful details in the movie, and this song qualifies... What can I say? After leaving the theater I encountered rush hour downtown holiday gridlock. I had a car stereo, a Journey CD and serious time to kill. So I played the songs back to back a few dozen times and puzzled why I wasn't hearing "Only Solutions," because I had missed it, same as you.
- Another meta piece of brilliance; "Only Solutions" was the B Side to "Separate Ways." It was a literal inverse of first film's theme song.
- And after the song "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" ends, the song that plays right after is "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics, which, according to band member and writer Annie Lennox said in an interview was about the search for fulfillment.