Not a favourite album, but a nice cover
To get undo to work I needed to create a duplicate of the current layer to work on, and then merge that down into the original layer when the filter has finished its work.
From XOR to AOR
That way, The GIMP seemed to remember the original layer and could go back to it when you used undo.
So now, hopefully, it's all finished. The final version of the filter is available to download from here. People with Windows or Macs wanting to try the plug-in need to follow the instructions here. GNU/Linux users can just copy it into their ~/.gimp2.6/plug-ins folder and set the Execute permission.