Nothing anyone else has said has exactly disproved anything I said earlier. New Wave
as an aesthetic might have become irelevant (and then come back), but its offshoots lived on, and it influenced a surprising amount of other stuff. The Disco analogy is appropriate enough.
New Wave is/was a VERY nebulous concept, almost as much as Alternative Rock
is (and New Wave, lest we forget, was a big influence on Alt-Rock, in both a direct way and as something to react against, as was Post-Punk
). New Wave
is everything from Elvis Costello
, Music/INXS to Duran Duran
, The Specials
. Just for a start. Much of it sounds very dissimlar to other "New Wave" bands...
I agree with Stillbirth here. Genres never really "die", per se- though they may sometimes disappear from public view for long periods of time (sometimes whole decades), they generally persist underground...
If at first ya don't succeed, try a bit more, then give up or cheat... ;)
Nothing can stop me now!
-Piggy by Nine Inch Nails