Columbia's gayest quartet!
― Advertisement[src]

The Barbershop Quartet are a group of singers associated with Albert Fink in Columbia.

Infinite Spoilers


Barbershop Quartet Billboard

The in-game advertisement.

Albert Fink gained great success as a composer in the city after discovering shimmers of light that provided music from other artists in different time periods.[2] He made his own covers of famous songs in the style of the era.[3] With the help of the Barbershop Quartet, he presented "his" newest song "God Only Knows".

BioShock InfiniteEdit

Barber Shop Quartet Gondola

The Barbershop Quartet Gondola.

Main article: BioShock Infinite

During the 1912 Columbia Raffle and Fair, the quartet stopped on various locations in the city to perform.

After entering Columbia, Booker DeWitt travels through the Town Center in order to find and retrieve a girl on Monument Island. While walking on New Eden Square, a hovering gondola carrying the singing group arrives. A couple is dancing near by to the music, and if the player likes, Booker can stay and listen as well. After the song is finished, the quartet continues their tour.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Unknown to Booker, or likely any of the citizens, the song the quartet performs is a cover of "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys from 1966.
    • According to Ken Levine, the song choice was inspired from the ending scene in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.[4]
  • The barbershop quartet was based on the quartet from the 1962 musical film The Music Man.[5]
  • From a pre-release build of the game, the barbershop quartet can be seen in the Town Center, named "The BEE Sharps" on their poster. This was a reference to Homer Simpson's band called "The Be Sharps" from the TV-series The Simpsons. In the final version of the game, the advertisement is altered to read "Albert Fink Presents."
    • In addition, a stand featuring records from Albert Fink's Magical Melodies has been removed.[6]


  1. "Music and Score" section of the BioShock Infinite end credits
  2. Jeremiah Fink's Voxophone: Changing My Tune
  3. Jeremiah Fink's Voxophone: Out of the Thin Air
  4. We are Ken Levine (@iglevine) and Andres Gonzalez from Irrational Games. Ask Us Anything. at
  5. The music behind Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea - An interview with Ken Levine at GameSpot @ 1:45
  6. The Music of BioShock Infinite on IGN
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