Written while waiting for a delayed plane to fly him to Otis Redding’s funeral, Eddie Floyd’s “Big Bird” is a whiplash ride that seems to perfectly fit the turbulent JFK-to-LAX theme of Mad Men‘s final season.

Written while waiting for a delayed plane to fly him to Otis Redding’s funeral, Eddie Floyd’s “Big Bird” is a whiplash ride that pounds you, pummels you, lets you catch your breath, and then socks it to you even harder…over and over again. The lyric’s desperate plea to take flight and its manic drive seem to fit the JFK-to-LAX theme of Mad Men’s final season like one of Don’s finely tailored suits.

 

…and if this is the first you’ve heard of Eddie Floyd, we put together 10 tracks to show you what he’s got: