This is something I've been thinking about a lot recently: what is new wave, and what distinguishes it from, say, punk, post-punk, synth-pop, pop-rock, etc.? For example, allmusic.com says, "Where post-punk was arty, difficult, and challenging, new wave was pop music, pure and simple." However, it lists, for example, the B-52s and the Talking Heads as both post-punk and new wave. And if it is "pop music, pure and simple," what distinguishes it from pop-rock? Confounding it even more, I've seen post-punk bands like for example the Cure, New Order, and Joy Division tagged as new wave on last.fm and said to be new wave on other sites. So my question is this: what is new wave to you, what are some examples of it and what isn't it, and how it is different from other genres in pop/rock music then forming or existing, musically or otherwise?