I've been wondering if Elvis Costello ever wrote a straight-up happy song. I'm pretty familiar with his catalog and I can't think of any.
This jaunty little number is actually about a woman with dementia
And what might be his most cynical:
Singing about dancing on Maragaret Thatcher's grave. From the same album as the other song actually.
Nick Lowe sounds pretty sincere when he recorded this:
"Lemme crank up the cynicism:"
Dude's the most savage dorky-looking guy in music. Or at least his image is in higher contrast to his message than you'd expect from a Buddy Holly cosplayer.