Chris Martin, Olly Murs, Bono and Bob Geldof at the recording.

Bob Geldof pulled it off again with his latest incarnation of Band Aid, the all-star group he formed back in the 1980s to raise money for Africa. Last Saturday in London many original group members joined forces with today’s hottest stars to record a new version of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” and the song, which will raise cash for the fight against Ebola, has already jumped to the top of the iTunes chart.

Of course, given that Geldof is involved, controversy follows. The Dubliner gave a big middle finger to all the Band Aid detractors during an interview on British TV on Monday, and it’s hard to blame his anger given that, among other things, he was asked about celebs paying their taxes “in the right way,” – i.e., Bono and U2.

“A lot of detractors are saying, look at a lot of those people in that room, a lot of wealthy people, if they all paid their taxes in the right way, we wouldn't need these kinds of fundraising singles,” a Sky TV host informed Geldof, who was having none of it.

“I think they are all talking b******s,” he replied. Another inane question provoked a similar response, which resulted in Geldof being warned about his blunt language because he was on live TV.

No good deed goes unpunished, so it’s not surprising that Geldof and his work is under attack. But at the end of the day the new song has already raised a ton of money for those who need it most, and that’s what counts.

One superstar who was pegged to take part in the recording, Adele, was never contacted by Geldof, even though rumors spread that she didn’t take his calls. Not true, he says.

"I didn't call Adele at all because I don't have her number. There is no snub. It’s nonsense,” he said.

Stars who did take part include Bono, Chris Martin, Niall Horan and his One Direction mates, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and many more.

“Also (a) pleasure to meet Sir Bob today who gave an incredible motivational speech about the cause to us! We all really need to get behind this,” Horan, Mullingar’s most famous son, tweeted.

Check out the finished product on iTunes.